Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha yesterday stated that the reported endorsement of Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and gubernatorial aspirant, by Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe, is a sign of failure. Nzeribe, Okorocha said, had never backed a credible candidate.
The governor, who was reacting to some media reports of the endorsement of Ihedioha by Nzeribe, said he did not wish to be endorsed by the maverick politician as it would be a sign of failure.
Addressing journalists at Government House, Owerri, Okorocha said Nzeribe had not been known to support a credible and masses-oriented candidate throughout his political career, describing his (Nzeribe’s) present political style as old-fashioned.
“I pray that Nzeribe do not endorse me, because he is bad news. He has never been known to endorse anybody in a better way, his song is old-fashioned and no longer in vogue. For those who have retired, may their political soul rest in peace,” he stated.
Okorocha also maintained that leadership comes from God and not from man, adding that his destiny could not be changed by any man if he decided to stand for re-election in 2015.It would be recalled that Ihedioha, during his consultation visit to Nzeribe’s Oguta country home at the weekend, received the latter’s blessings and endorsement to run for the governorship of the state next year.