Governor Rochas Okorocha has described his kinsmen as local champions who could betray their leaders because of peanuts.

The governor spoke at a press conference on Tuesday inside the Government House, Owerri, the state capital.

He noted that politicians from the state were not like those from South West and North who respect their leaders.

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“Imo politicians are local champions; you can quote me. They can collect peanuts in order to destroy their own. But I respect the Hausa and Yoruba politicians, they respect their leaders,” the governor said.

He said if elected a senator during the February 16 elections, he would attract projects to the state unlike the past and current occupants of the seat who he alleged did not attract “even a bungalow".

“I am going to the Senate for two things: first reason is to represent Imo State and Igboland.

“The second reason is to make sure that what is due to us get to us.I want to be politically relevant after I leave office as governor,” he said.

The governor also urged the people of the state to vote for his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who is the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in the state.

He expressed the confidence that Nwosu would continue from where he stops.

He expressed optimism that with him as a senator and Nwosu as governor, the state would witness rapid development.

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