By Clifford Ndujihe & Henry Umoru
Imo State governor-elect, Mr. Rochas Okorocha, has been urged to fulfil his campaign promises, especially his free education policy, beginning from his May 29 swearing-in date.
Okorocha was also advised to avoid witch-hunting and shadow-boxing, given the tough electoral battle he fought against incumbent governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, and to consult widely and work with the best hands.
The advice came from former Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Chief Chuka Odom, and members of Imo Indigenes Club, IIC.
IIC leaders, Mr. Vitalis Ejimofor, Chairman, and Engineer Abuchi Iwuji, Secretary, who said Okorocha’s victory had marked the end of stolen mandate and imposition of unelected leaders on the people of Imo, said the governor-elect had a lot of challenges to face.
They said: “People are yearning for change. You will be faced with a lot of challenges in so many areas -roads, education, agriculture, industries, commerce, etc. We are happy that even when you were not a governor, you were giving scholarships to less-privileged and indigent people in Imo State and from other parts of the country. ”
Letter from Odom
In a personal letter to Okorocha, which was made available to journalists in Abuja, Odom, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, urged Okorocha to be humble and magnanimous in victory, just as he congratulated him on his successful outing.
His said: “You should be humble and magnanimous in victory. Leadership is not a test of wits or a platform to showcase intellect and embark on ego trip. Leadership is a call to service.
“In providing leadership, you should at all times ensure that you are on the same page with the electorate. I use this medium to congratulate you on your historic victory.
“Do not embark on political ‘structure’ building now. The best structure you would build is good governance and the rest will fall in place. You should avoid witch-hunting and shadow boxing. It is a waste of time and adds nothing to the welfare of the people.”