Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha told Senator Arthur Nzeribe yesterday that no individual can determine who governs the state .
Nzeribe reportedly vowed to resist the re-election of Okorocha, saying a new governor would be sworn in next year.
But the governor, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said it was unexpected of an experienced politician like Nzeribe to vow that he would resist his re-election, knowing that in democracy, the electorate decide who governs them.
The statement said: “When we read the report, we delayed responding to it to see whether Senator Nzeribe would deny it, because we never expected it from him, being an experienced politician.
“The truth is that Nzeribe has never supported a winning governorship candidate in Imo.
“In 1999, he was in the All Peoples Party (APP). His candidate, Dr. Ezekiel Izuogu, failed. Chief Achike Udenwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won. Before Udenwa, he supported the Social Democratic Party’s (SDP’s) candidate, Dr. Alex Obi, and he also failed. Chief Evan Enwerem of the National Republican Convention (NRC) won and he became the governor.