The chairman of Progressives Governors Forum and Imo State governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha yesterday took a swipe on the Minister of Science and Technology , Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu for not living up to expectations in attracting dividends of democracy to the Ebonyi State chapter of the party.
Governor Okorocha’s assertion was coming on the heels of complaints by stakeholders of the party in the state that they were being schemed out of employment, appointments and empowerment programmes of the federal government. They also complained of inability to pay the rent of the party’s secretariat.
The Imo State governor noted that it was shocking and unbelievable that Ebonyi State would boast of a full-fledged minister yet the party could not pay the accumulated N5million rent for the party’s secretariat in the state.
The governor, who came on a familiarisation visit to the state admonished the party members not to blame, President Mohammadu Buhari
for sidelining the party in the state and noted that the appointment of Onu into the Federal Executive Council was to attract government presence to the party in the state.
Governor Okoroacha represented by the Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Ugonna Ozurigbo assured that all the issues raised by the stakeholder would be addressed as soon as possible. “The main aim of governance is to help people around you. I am the Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly and am expected to use my position to help people around me. In the 36 states of the federation, we have 13 major Ministers and Ebonyi is one. It is bad that Ebonyi APC has such high profile Minister and you are still complaining of marginalisation from the federal government.”
“Our visit will definitely address these issues. We are here to know your problems and complaints. Ebonyi State should join hands and build APC to avoid being a minority in the South East. APC is waxing stronger and stronger,” he said.