- Senator Chris Anyanwu said Imo people need to take the state back from Governor Okorocha
- The former lawmaker called on the people to hold their leaders accountable
Senator Chris Anyanwu has said that the people of Imo are ready to take back their state from Governor Rochas Okorocha.
In an interview with Vanguard, the media mogul said the people must do better beyond electing leaders but must make them accountable.
She said: “There have been a few things that I wonder what is really going on. I think we will need time to really know. For me now, the most important thing is that we have to come together, the real owners of Imo State must come together to ask this question: Where do we take this step from?
“It is really careless of us to elect people and walk away and let them do whatever they like. It is not supposed to be that way, we ought to have definite ideas on the kind of state we would like to have and then select the right people who can bring life to our vision for the state.
“And that is what should be happening now and I think there is a great awakening in the state on that; there is need to combat and take the full ownership of the state. We will discuss where it is heading, developmentally and how we will project it to the outside world.”
“I have absolute confidence in the Imo people, particularly the ordinary people. The problem is, the elites sometimes get themselves confused.
“And, part of the problem is the nomination process – the process through which we evolve the leaders; those who go forward to the voters. If the other parties, especially the other major parties like PDP and APGA, could get their acts right and make that process clean and flawless, I think we should be able to bring out candidates that can clinch that seat.
“I don’t want to talk about Uche Nwosu. He is a young man and I think he feels impressive at his age, given his very slim experience that he is taking such ascendancy. But all that said, we have to be serious about governance. Really, we need to get serious and I think that Imo people know better."
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Meanwhile, the stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo declared that they have made Governor Rochas Okorocha politically irrelevant in their determination to rescue the party from imminent collapse in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Theo Ekechi, who spoke to newsmen after a closed-door meeting with the APC national leadership on Thursday, May 17, in Abuja, said the stakeholders had overwhelming evidences against Okorocha.
Ekechi said he had made it impossible for the governor to get attention from any quarter in the state and in the South-East region.
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