Comment by former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, that his Edo counterpart, Adam Oshiomhole, is Nigeria’s problem has drawn the ex-labour leader’s reaction.
Okorocha caused the verbal exchange after imputing the myriad of troubles afflicting Nigeria to Oshiomhole at the first Senator Ekpe Moriri Lamai Memorial Lecture organised by Senator E. A Lamai Foundation on Friday where they were both among the panelists.
The scathing remark by the ex-governor, who is not returning to the Senate after he was denied the Imo West Senatorial District ticket of the All Progressives Congress drew the incoming Senator Oshiomhole’s reaction.
In rejoinder, the ex-Edo governor said, “My brother (Rochas Okorocha) said I am the problem of Nigeria and he is happy that I am going to the Senate. I will take the last part. He is happy for me so he would organise a dinner in my honour. There will also be a dinner to mark your exit. So as you are going, I am coming in.
“When people say a small man like me because big people think that mere reference to their size should not obey the law when a small man is presiding.
“And when they say we are short, I hardly see what I am short of. There is nothing anybody has that I don’t have. When they talk about economies of scale, they don’t also forget to talk about dis-economics of scale.
“So, my brother, my brother, you know what caused our misunderstanding? You are my good friend until tomorrow. It is just that for me, laws are meaningful when those who are powerful are subjected to obey the law.
“So, sir, be rest assured, I appreciate you, I respect you but you must learn to obey the law.
“Don’t look at my size, particularly, when I am obliged to take an oath that I shall defend the constitution. Once we go out now, I am going to hug you and I must insist you organise a dinner for my coming to the Senate.”