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Lagos - An alliance of Owerri indigenes based in the Diaspora has endorsed the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) governorship candidate for the Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha.
In a statement, the Alliance of Owerri Zone Indigenes said current governor, Rochas Okorocha, of the All Progressives Congress, had failed them and would thus not be getting their endorsement.
“Before we get any further, in case there is any doubt, let us get it out of the way that the current Imo State Government led by Gov. Okorocha overpromised and under-delivered by a very wide margin,” the organisation said.
It claimed Okorocha had allowed himself to be distracted by vendetta against his predecessors and other political foes causing him to “lose focus, misplrace priorities, abuse leadership privileges, abuse state funds and mostly, substitute theatrics for governance.”
“He was an unmitigated disaster,” said the group.
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“As leaders in private, public and academic circles, we have approached our endorsement of a candidate based on executive search criteria commonly used by Fortune 500 organizations."
These criteria, the group said, include requisite academic qualifications, relevant job experiences, probity and accountability, performance track records, values and good morals, vision, and lack of any hovering legal clouds or jeopardy.
The organisations said Ihedioha was a great community builder and a good family man.
“With his expansive exposure to power and temptations, it is quite remarkable Hon. Ihedioha is not under any threatening legal clouds or jeopardy for abuse of office or misappropriation of funds. The Deputy Speaker has been recognized with numerous local, national and international awards for excellence.”