The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has described the National Chairman of his party, the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, as a noisemaker who shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Oshiomhole had on Saturday said the APC would report governors and candidates who were distorting messages about the party to INEC.
He had also berated some governors for failing to pay workers’ salaries.
Although Okorocha and Amosun are in the APC, their preferred governorship candidates are contesting on the platform of different parties, which have adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as their presidential candidate.
Responding to the APC national chairman, Okorocha said Oshiomhole as a former governor of Edo State owed civil servants seven months salary arrears by the time he left office.
He said the APC national chairman lacked the moral right to contribute to issues concerning payment of civil servants’ salaries.
Okorocha said instead for Oshiomhole to campaign for the ruling party during a rally in Owerri, he was busy abusing him (Okorocha).
The Imo State governor, in a press statement issued in Owerri on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said Oshiomhole was angry because his preferred APC governorship candidate, Hope Uzodinma, did not have the clout to win the state for the ruling party.
Okorocha challenged Oshiomhole to publish his scorecard as Edo State governor for eight years while he (Okorocha) would publish his achievements as the Imo State governor.
The statement read, “The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, was in Owerri on Friday, December 21, 2018 for the campaign of Chief Hope Uzodinma, his preferred governorship candidate for the party, and he insulted and told petty lies against Governor Rochas Okorocha.
“Adams Oshiomhole was governor in Edo State for eight years. Rochas Okorocha has been governor in Imo for less than eight years. We challenge Oshiomhole to publish his achievements in Edo State for the eight years he was governor and let Rochas publish his own achievements in Imo in less than eight years.
“Let Nigerians judge between the two who failed as governor. If Oshiomhole fails to accept this challenge, we won’t have any other option than to conclude that he is just a noisemaker.”