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Ihedioha blames Okorocha for Heartland’s relegation

The PDP governorship Candidate in the 2015 election and the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has blamed the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, for the recent relegation of the Heartland Football Club of Owerri  to lower division.
He described the relegation as “another episode in the misfortune that has befallen us under Governor Rochas.
Hon. Ihedioha recalled that the club had remained the pride of Imo people, adding that it was ironic that in a year Imo State celebrated the 40th anniversary of its creation, that Heartland which once had the reputation as one of the only two clubs that have not been relegated, “lost that status under Okorocha’s watch”.
He maintained that Heartland’s fate reflects the parlous state of sports and sports facilities in Imo State since Governor Okorocha came on board, citing the pitiable state of the famous Grasshoppers Handball pitch and the dilapidated conditions of the facilities at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri .
“By neglecting a vital sector like sports, the Okorocha administration has not only denied the teeming youths of Imo State the opportunity for gainful employment and empowerment but has also dismantled all sporting legacies of previous administrations in the state”, he posited.
Ihedioha then counseled Okorocha to declare a state of emergency in the sports sector with a view to rehabilitating facilities at the stadium as well as to make serious and conscious effort to ensure that Heartland FC returns to the premier league “with a view to restoring our pride of place among the comity of elite football clubs in Africa”.

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