From Angela Nkwo-Akpolu, Owerri
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has expressed fears that the “Pull Him Down” syndrome that is associated with Ndi Igbo could work against the zone producing the next President of Nigeria in 2023.
The Governor told jpournalists yesterday in Owerri that no Igbo man can support a fellow tribesman in such a situation, warning that anyIgbo person who wants to present himself for the Presidency must not hope on getting the support of his fellow Igbo man, as the people love to pull down their own.
Okorocha said “any Igbo man seeking to be President may not necessarily use Ndi Igbo because we are used pulls him down syndrome. If I run, the North and West won’t bring me down, it is the Igbo that will. Let such a person not think Ndi Igbo will make him President”.
The governor, who condemned Tuesday’s siege of the National Assembly by the Department of State Security (DSS, also declared next week Wednesday and Thursday, August 15th and 16th, 2018 as work free days to enable the citizens to register and collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), adding that all markets will be closed until 4pm each day.
The Governor, who called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to extend the date for Imo, as only 1.4m people from the State have so far collected their PVC’s, appealed to Imo people and residents to obtain their PVCs, noting that it forms a basis for attracting federal presence in any State.
“I will appeal to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the days for Imo State because so far, only 1.4million people have obtained theirs. Our people should collect their PVCs, so that we can have a voice for our children, even if they will not vote our party, they should be part of deciding who represents them”, Okorocha appealed.
Okorocha, who identified the payment of Pensions as the biggest challenges he encountered since he assumed office as the Governor of Imo State, said, “I won’t allow my successor to go through the same headache. I have been able to pay pensions slightly. After the verifications, it dropped from N1.5billion to N700million, and we are still working on it”.
On the splinter group of the All Progressive Congress (APC), known as Allied Forces spearheaded by his erstwhile political associates, Okorocha said their gang up has come to an end, as the battle has been fought, won and lost.
Okorocha said “coalition has come to an end in Imo, the congress has ended. We have set up a peace and reconciliatory committee who are reaching out but six people, two from each Senatorial zone in Imo appears irreconcilable because we cannot provide what they are asking for.”