Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
A former governor of Imo state, Ikedi Ohakim, on Sunday said there was no iota of truth in the news making the rounds in the state that he joined “All Progressive Congress to dialogue with Senator Ifeanyi Araraume from APC.”
Ohakim, who spoke to newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, on Sunday, through his Special Adviser on political matters, Emmanuel Chukwu, announced that he had not joined APC.
Chukwu, said that though the leadership of the APC in the state came to woo the former governor to join the ruling party, but Ohakim never made any statement concerning dislodging anybody nor joining APC.
He said “On Saturday, July 17, 2021, the Imo State All Progressive Congress visited former governor Ikedi Ohakim at his Prefab residence, Owerri. The party was led on the visit by the state chairman, Prince Marcellinus Nlemigbo.
“And their mission? The APC was wooing Ohakim to join the party. The party had seen in the former governor a strong political asset, a beautiful politician who is articulate and selfless; a man who is not given to the vagaries of wealth acquisition, a man content with what he has; a man overcome by his zeal to better the lot of the people.
“The position of the APC that Ohakim is the most beautiful politician in the state validates our position four years ago.
“We cannot talk about the Ikedi Ohakim era without a mention of the novel 10,000 jobs scheme. To address the menace of unemployment in the State, the Ikedi Ohakim administration conceived of and implemented the 10,000 jobs scheme where 10,000 graduates were employed into the civil service.”