By Chidi Nkwopara, OWERRI.
Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has described the reported zoning of the vice presidential slot to the South East geo-political zone by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as “mockery of Ndigbo”.
Chief Okorocha made his feelings known yesterday, in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, and made available to Vanguard in Owerri.
“My first reaction is that the whole thing is a mockery of the South-East zone and her people, especially when one remembers that the PDP has suddenly felt that the South-East could occupy the Vice-President position for the 2019 election.
This is also coming one year after it had lost power, and it does not have the slightest chance of winning the 2019 poll. Indeed, the PDP is just making mockery of the South-East”, Okorocha said.
While saying that the PDP was in power for 16 years, the Governor equally reasoned that the party never had any reason to remember that the South East, as a major block in the country, could occupy either the office of the Vice President or hold any of the sensitive positions in the country.
“They are just waking up from their slumber after being out of power. The PDP never allowed the South-East to have the president, the Vice-President, the Senate President, the speaker of House of Representatives, and so on. The South-East totally lost out in the PDP government”, Okorocha said.
Addressing the issue of projects, the Governor argued that the South-East had a very rough experience in the PDP government.
“All the federal roads in the zone were death traps until the party was voted out of power. The second Niger Bridge became endless pit for the PDP. Some oil locations belonging to some states in the zone were taken away and given to other states outside the zone. It was a hopeless situation for the zone in PDP”, Okorocha lashed the PDP leadership.