The Special Adviser and Coordinator for Oil and Gas to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Opiah, on Friday said that the people of Imo State elected a disaster after former Governor Ikedi Ohakim, as the Governor of the State in 2011.
The former House of Representatives Member for Ohaji Egbema/Oguta/Oru West Federal Constituency made the statement during the traditional marriage of his daughter, Cynthia Ifeoma Opiah, at his country home, Abacheke, Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area.
The event had the presence of the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof Placid Njoku, former Governor of the State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hons Chiji Collins and Chyna Iwuanyanwu, and other lawmakers and politicians, captains of industries, businessmen and traditional rulers.
Speaking during the traditional marriage that turned out to be a carnival of sort, Opiah said that the pitiful state of Imo State could be traced to the choice of Governor the people made in 2011. He insisted that Imo State was on the path of greatness until the emergence of Rochas Okorocha in 2011.
The former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly described Ohakim as a friend of the Governor and the Government, recalling that Ohakim was the running mate to Governor Hope Uzodimma in 2003 under the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
He said that Imo people were happy that Uzodimma was elected the Governor of the State in 2019, assuring that the Governor would restore the glory of the State. He noted that the Governor had started on a good note and that things were changing for the better.
Opiah said that in the next few months everyone in the State would have a good song to sing, praising God for sending Governor Hope Uzodimma at this material time to resolve the myriad of challenges facing the State and relaunch her to her path of glory.
He said: “Imo people were deceived into electing a disaster as a Governor in 2011 which resulted into an unfortunate 8 years misrule. They bought the wrong message and our state suffered it greatly.
“We have come to recover, reconstruct and rehabilitate our state. Gov Hope Uzodimma is working towards changing the story of the state, especially in infrastructure.”
Opiah who was filled with joy over the marriage of his daughter prayed for her, saying that she would have a successful marriage.