The Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to give him a fair deal in spite of his contribution to his electoral success in 2015 against the then incumebent President Goodluck Jonathan.
Okorocha said he prevented the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from rigging their way to power in 2015 despite the mouth-watering offers of huge sums of money, a second term ticket and an influential ministry in a bid to lure him from the All Progressives Congress, APC, before the 2015 general elections.
The governor did not state the actual amount he said ex-President Jonathan offered him. He however said he turned down the offer and opted to remain with the APC, expressing hope that Buhari will some day reward his efforts for the APC in the 2015 general elections.
He said these when the people of Njaba Local Government Area of the state paid him a solidarity visit on his 55th birthday celebration, Okorocha said he was convinced at the time that the APC would resoundingly defeat the PDP because Nigerians were tired of the bad governance PDP represented.
Comparing his contributions to the APC in the last general elections with that of then Rivers governor, Rotimi Amaechi, he said, “Look at Rivers State where they rigged Rotimi Amaechi out by allocating over 1.2 million votes to the PDP, yet he got lots of juicy positions like the Ministry of Transport, NIMASA and all that.
“But, in all these, have you seen me complain? No, because I know that one day, my time will come and President Buhari will remember me,” he said.
The governor appealed to the people of Njaba, who had felt marginalized in the areas of projects and appointments to emulate him by being patient, and assured them that they would feature prominently in his next appointments.
According to him, “It may look like it would never come, but if you remain consistent; it would surely come through for you.”