- The governor of Imo state Rochas Okorocha said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was forced to declare him winner of the 2011 election
- Okorocha said he has never benefited from political godfatherism in Nigeria
- He said no single politician stood by him during his political tussle in the state
The governor of Imo state Rochas Okorocha has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was forced to declare him winner of the 2011 gubernatorial election in the state.
Speaking during the Freedom Day celebration at the Heroes Square in Owerri, Imo state, the governor said he has never benefited from "godfatherism" in politics.
While residents of Imo state were venting their anger against the state government, the governor expressed his grudge over other politicians and the electoral body.
The chief press secretary to Okorocha quoted the governor saying: “Declaring the event open, Governor Okorocha said he never benefited from the politics of godfatherism."
“And that when he came to run election for the governorship in the state in 2011, he was “literally rejected by ‘who is who’ in the political equation of the state. “No single politician of note was standing with me.
Okorocha said his election into office was historical in Nigeria.
He said: "This was perhaps the only election in the history of Nigeria that was won by the support of the ordinary people and not by the support of the political elite, security agencies and money bags.
“That is my journey and that is my story. And those of you who had followed me could recall that in the political history of Nigeria, there had been nothing like supplementary election till my own election.
“My understanding of supplementary election is to do all things possible to prevent Rochas from becoming the governor of Imo State. This is the meaning of supplementary election which today is holding Nigeria in political bondage.
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