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Former governor of Imo state Dr. Ikedi Ohakim has expressed regrets over the recent report by a group identified as Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights and Good Governance (SBCHROs) where they erroneously categorized him, Ohakim, as one of the worst past governors in the Southeast.

Former governor of Imo state Dr. Ikedi Ohakim has expressed regrets over the recent report by a group identified as Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights and Good Governance (SBCHROs) where they erroneously categorized him, Ohakim, as one of the worst past governors in the Southeast.


The former governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Collins Ughalaa posited that Ohakim believes deeply in the role of credible civil society groups in holding government and public officers accountable and in making sure that both the government and public officers deliver on targets. But he declared that it was unfortunate that the SBCHROs misrepresented the facts and falsely categorized him as one of the worst past governors in the region. The SBCHROs stood fact and logic in its head.
Ohakim quickly dismissed the reports with wavers of backhand, describing it as is a hatchet job. He noted that it was either the Coalition was ignorant of what Dr Ikedi Ohakim achieved while in office or it did not know what it was doing. Otherwise, one wonders the criteria or facts on which the Coalition based what he called a misleading report, adding that a group such as the Coalition should not gloss over the weightier responsibility on its shoulders to always look for and cherish only the facts and never base its report on hearsay or market place gossip.
“For example, while your report does not mention the criteria for rating Ikedi Ohakim, it seemed to have ignored the fact, did not know or lied that the former governor of Anmabra State, Dr Peter Obi, was the first governor in Nigeria to leave money in office, ran government without borrowing and left government with little debt overhang of N12bn. We see these as cheap lies that do not befit any well-meaning civil society group”.
It is therefore in the best interest of the Coalition and the public to make available the criteria for their assessment of Dr. Ikedi Ohakim, who, from all available information preformed excellently well. It is also necessary to state that by the false propaganda report, the Coalition has shown that Dr Ikedi Ohakim is the key in Imo State politics and that he is the man every other person is running against in the 2019 governorship election. No one would sponsor a report like this if Ohakim was not the man to beat. Otherwise, when has it become the practice to evaluate past office holders in the country, let alone evaluating a governor who left office seven (7) years ago, without providing the parameters in rating him, or even rating him among his peers? If we take the parameter of his predecessor and successor, Ohakim can never in any stretch of the imagination be termed a failure. The Coalition's report rather shows a resumed campaign of calumny against Ohakim due to his rising profile in Nigeria, Southeast and Imo State in particular, especially after he declared for the 2019 governorship election.
To set the record straight, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim became Governor of Imo State in 2007 and left office in 2011. Dr. Peter Obi left office in 2013. While Ohakim was leaving office in 2011 he left N26.6bn for his successor. This money was acknowledged by Okorocha's former Commissioner for Finance, Chike Okafor. But the Coalition for obvious reasons thought that Peter Obi who left office in 2013 was the first to leave money in office.
It is also important to point out the fact that Ohakim ran a prudent government and did not borrow. He did not also leave the state in debt but rather paid back the billions of Naira borrowed by the Sam Mbakwe government and others after him. The excess of this payment is what the current government in Imo State has been collecting from the Federal Government as Paris Club Refund. However, faced with the task of delivering on target during a period of world economic meltdown that even affected America, the Ikedi Ohakim administration chose to go to the Stock Market and secured funds through Bonds, pointing out that the facts on the ground show that he is an achiever and achieved a lot while he was Governor of Imo State (2007 – 2011), in the areas of: Good Governance, Human Rights, Due Process/Accountability, Zero Corruption, Economy, Environment, Health, Education, Infrastructure, Public Utility, Welfare/Security, Agriculture, etc. It is due to his sterling performance as Governor in Imo State for four years that Imo people now call on him to come back and complete his wonderful works.

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