Okorocha, Orji Uzor-Kalu, Mbadinuju worst governor produced in South East, says report
Abia and Imo have been singled out as states that have produced worst governors in the present political dispensation in the South East zone.
Anambra State's record was dented by one governor who ran a single term.
Presenting a 22-page report titled, “The best and the worst in South East,” which is a comparative review of governance challenges in the zone in Onitsha Monday, February 26, 2018, 17 South East-based coalition of human rights and good governance organisations led by International Society for Human Rights and the Rule of Law (Inter-society), the group bemoaned what it called "the near total, if not total collapse of good governance and visionary leadership in the South East zone".
Using the MO Ibrahim model in analysing leadership in the zone, it concluded that good governance and charismatic leadership have eluded the South East zone.
Instead, the zone is now shackled by transactional governance and chronic bad leadership.
Part of what aided the bad leadership it pointed out is the legislature which abdicated its role of checkmating the executive for good governance and concentration on cornering public funds to buy movable and immovable investments.
From the Second Republic to date, the group said, Chief Sam Mbakwe of Imo State, Chief Jim Nwobodo of old Anambra State and Mr. Peter Obi of Anambra stood out as former governors whose performance is written on Mable.
Within the zone, it said, Chief Rochas Okorocha of Imo State stood out as the "worst serving governor, while Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju of Anambra State (1999-2003), Chief Orji Uzor Kalu and his successor, Chief Theodore Orji of Abia State, belonged to worst past governors.
On the other hand it said that President Muhammadu Buhari's government should bag the award of "most unpopular and unfriendly federal government among the South East people".
The group said that South East governors must wake up from slumber.
It charged South East governors to be proactive and efficient in strengthening the internal and external security of the zone against "well oiled and coordinated widespread violent attacks against Christian population and their churches by the terror Fulani herdsmen.
The governors must stop supporting measures that are against Igbo interest such as cattle colonies and insisting in making inputs into security arrangement in the region.
Also, the group advised governors to ensure that the zone gets its share of federal resources, appointments and infrastructural developments and that South East is factored into the new national railways policy as well as comprehensive reconstruction of all federal roads in the zone.
The zone also needs a standard international Sea Port and bridge linking Ogwu-ikpele in Ogbaru council of Anambra State and Ndoni in Rivers State.
As for airport, the group described Akanu Ibiam International Airport as 'makeshift'.
The group also decried general poverty and insecurity and failure of leadership in the country.
It lamented the killings in the South East, lopsided composed security organisation towards the South East, corrupt and incompetent policing in the zone which allegedly fleeced the people N14 billion between last year and now and the uncountable destitutes in Anambra State.