Imo deputy governor, PRINCE MADUMERE denies eyeing OKOROCHA’s job – ‘It was a joke’


IMO State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere has denied telling his boss, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha he would be interested in his job come 2015.

In an exclusive phone interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Saturday, January 25, 2014, Prince Madumere said it is too early to start talking about his gubernatorial aspiration when he is already occupying the second highest office in the land.

Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Uche Onwuchekwa, the Deputy Governor explained that contrary to the story, his boss at a meeting asked those aspiring to run for elective offices to declare their interest, he was only joking.  The former Chief of Staff to the governor also denied declaring his intention to take over from Okorocha.

“Prince Madumere remains loyal to His Excellency, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, who is yet to say anything about his future political interest.  The Deputy Governor is much more occupied with his present office, the jobs his boss gives him and other interventions necessary for the rescue mission.  He didn’t, at any time, say he is running for governor,” he insisted.

Similarly, the Imo State Commissioner for Information, Dr. T. O. E Ekechi has added his voice to the story that Owelle Rochas Okorocha is not seeking re-election as governor.  In a phone interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Saturday, January 25, 2014, Dr. Ekechi clarified that Okorocha at an APC stakeholders meeting only told party members to feel free to aspire to any elective office in the land.  According to the Commissioner, the governor assured that the party’s primaries would be free and fair.

Before these clarifications from the Imo deputy governor and state commissioner, the news filtering in from the state was that Madumere and three commissioners told Governor Okorocha to his face they would be interested in his job in 2015. But this has now been denied by both the Imo State chief executive and his deputy through their spokesmen.

Governor Okorocha who recently defected from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is rumoured to be nurturing presidential ambition.


–           UCHE OLEHI

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