APC Will Rule Nigeria For A Long Time, PDP Won’t Return – Okorocha

Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has declared that the All Progressives Congress, APC, will rule Nigeria for a very long time both in the state and at national level.

Okorocha made the remark while dismissing plans by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to retake power in 2019.

He urged members of the party to remain steadfast and be proud of the party.

In a statement, the governor called on leaders and members of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state “to remain steadfast and also be proud that their party is in power both in the state and at the federal level.

“The governor equally told the party members to be boastful of the monumental achievements of the party’s administration in the state which have exceeded all that the administrations before him had achieved.

“He assured the party members that APC would retain power in the state and at the national level for a long time and urged them to disregard the claims by other parties that they would return to power in 2019.

“The governor also celebrated Christmas for the party officials at the state, local government and ward levels with cash, and told them to continue to work for the progress of the party because APC is in power to retain it with visible achievements.”

Imo Govt Denies Reported Costs Of Zuma, Sirleaf Statues

The Imo State Government has debunked the assertion that it spent Five Hundred Thousand naira each on the statutes erected by the Rochas Okorocha led administration.

Reacting to a news item run by popular tabloid GuardianNg, quoting the governor’s special assistant on electronic media Dr Ebere Nzewuji to have said that erecting each of the statutes cost between 450 thousand Naira and Five hundred thousand, the Imo Government said the report is untrue.

It said the report was just a mere distortion of facts and misrepresentation of the earlier statement.

 

Read Nzewuji’s rejoinder below:

Rejoinder: Guardian Ng and All News Editors – N400,000 and N 500,000 spent on Statutes in Imo Statutes.

My attention has been drawn to news report on Guardian Ng dated Nov.23rd 2017 on my Darling FM interview quoting my humble self as saying that His Excellency the Governor of Imo state approved between N450,000 and N500,000 each on statutes in Imo as opposed to N520m each. This is taking out of context as i never said that. What I said was that most times opposition politicians could exaggerate projects of N450k to N500k to say they cost millions. This wasnt a direct reference to the statutes.

Also i never said that 27 roads have been earmarked, i said many rural roads in the 27 local government areas have been earmarked for rehabilitation. Please note that my surname is not Nzeworji but Nzewuji.

Please note the above statements for clarification in your various publications. Regards, Dr Ebere Nzewuji Special Assistant to the Governor of Imo State on Electronic Media

Okorocha Speaks On Buhari’s Presidential Ambition

The Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has said he would sacrifice his 2019 presidential ambition if President Muhammadu Buhari will contest.

The governor said this on the side-lines of the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Okorocha disclosed that should Buhari signifies interest to run for 2019, “we will support him.”

According to Okorocha, the president would follow due process in signifying in intentions for 2019 because the All Progressives Congress, APC, is against imposition of candidates.

He said, “My president is very democratic. If Mr. President wants to run for election, he will follow all the processes and if he is the person, we will all support him.

“In APC, there is no imposition of candidate. If Buhari is running, I will allow that man to continue, but if he is not running, I won’t sacrifice my presidential ambition.”

Similarly, Governor of Plateau State, Solomon Lalong, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu and their Nasarawa State counterpart, Tanko Al-Makura, endorsed Buhari for a second term.

Al-Makura noted that the ruling party has no better candidate for the 2019 presidential election

Rochas Condemns IPOB Activities, Says Its Disgraceful

The Governor of Imo state Rochas Okorocha  has described Igbo people as those that play the worst politics in Nigeria just as he again condemned the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Okorocha said Igbo play the worst politics among the ethnic and geopolitical zones in the country while speaking with journalists.

He said for the ethnic group to reclaim its relevance in the country’s power equation, the people must review their political strategy.

“Igbo have to change their strategy, in order to reclaim their relevance in Nigeria’s power equation. Quote me anywhere, Igbo play the worst politics in Nigeria.

“Today, Hausa have realised they can win an election without Igbo.

“Hitherto, Hausa used to think they could not win elections without Igbo. Now, they believe with the combined massive populations of Lagos and Kano, they no longer need Igbo to win, hence, the latest alliance between Hausa and Yoruba.

“So, where is Igbo today in Nigerian politics?” Okorocha asked.

He added: “I’ve always said Igbo have this feeling of abandonment.

“IPOB would have made better impact if they had operated under any other name other than Biafra, to push their demand for equity in sharing of the nation’s political and economic resources. The call for secession was childish.

“IPOB should have fought their struggle like the Niger Delta youths, Arewa youths and Yoruba group.

“Who is Nnamdi Kanu to ask Rochas to follow him to war?

“Check it out, no Hausa man living in the southeast owns a duplex neither can you see a Yoruba man who lives in a room and parlour apartment of his own or an investment worth N20 million.

“But, should Nigeria break up today, Igbo will lose trillions in properties and other investments in Lagos, the North and other parts of the country. This is why we all must condemn IPOB’s call for break up.”

According to Okorocha, IPOB has succeeded in creating distrust for the Igbo people among other tribes by their agitation for secession.

“The southsouth has produced a president, the southwest has produced a president and vice president while the North has produced many presidents.

“By political calculation, it was expected that very soon, Igbo would have a chance to produce the president, but, the same Igbo want to break away from Nigeria. Where is our wisdom?

“Regrettably, IPOB activities has created fears in the minds of Hausa and other ethnic nationalities in the country, that, once Igbo becomes president, they would secede.

“So, where are we? This is why I said IPOB were childish in their struggle. We should all condemn the call for secession because if Nigeria breaks up, Igbo will lose.

“Igbo need to change their strategy and political calculation, to remain relevant in Nigerian politics,” Okorocha rounded off,” he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Rochas Okorocha recently lashed out at those agitating for Biafra describing it as child’s play and that no reasonable Igbo person will support it.

The governor made this statement on Wednesday, September 13, when he led a delegation of the Progressive Governors’ Forum on a visit to internally displaced persons, and victims of the recent flood disaster in Benue state.

Fani-Kayode To The Imo State Governor ” You Have Betrayed Your People”

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has said the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, should be seeking forgiveness from God after betraying Igbo people and his elders.

The former minister made the statement on Thursday through his Special Adviser on Media, Jude Ndukwe.

The statement is a continuation of the media feud between the governor and the former minister.

 Okorocha had, on Wednesday, through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, described a previous statement by Fani-Kayode as an unintelligent, unprovoked and unwarranted media attack against him. He also said the former minister was living on the glory of his father and grandfather.

Responding, Fani-Kayode said Rochas is obsessed with him and has come to appreciate the fact that there are some things, like class, a good lineage and integrity, that money cannot buy.

He challenged the governor to a public debate to clear up issues between them so that Nigerians can decide for themselves who really has “native sense” between the two contenders.

The statement read in part “We repeat that a man who constantly speaks up for and supports a government that consistently slaughters and routinely massacres his own Igbo people can only be described as a sociopathic self-hating Igbo who is suffering from a terrible and debilitating inferiority complex.”

The statement added that Fani-Kayode and Okorocha can not be compared at all.

“FFK was never a ritualist, a cultist, a 419er, a sodomite, a traitor nor a dirty and unreliable street urchin and scammer.

“He never ruined the lives of millions, bowed before strange gods and slept in coffins to make his money.

“He never sold his soul to the devil or his body to reprobate men who lust for other men in return for money and power.”

 

President Muhammadu Buhari Is likely To Return In The Next Two Weeks – Okorocha

Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, might return back to the country in the next two weeks, Governor Rochas Okorocha has reportedly said.

President Buhari had not been seen in public since leaving Nigeria on May 7th, 2017 for treatment in the United Kingdom. But, on Sunday a delegation of governors elected on the platform of the All Progressive Congress met with Buhari in London.

According to the BBC, Okorocha, who was part of the delegation, said he expects President Buhari to return home from the UK within the next two weeks.

Governor Okorocha said President Buhari was completely unperturbed by the cocktail of lies. He, instead, sent his best wishes to Nigerians.

According to the governor, Nigerians don’t have to worry at all, adding that President Buhari will be back as soon as the doctors give him the green light.

“By our visit to London today, the merchants of lies have been put out of business and Nigerians will not buy the garbage they have been selling.

“All those who look up to fake news can find a better use for their time,” Governor Okorocha said.

Governors Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa; Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna; Yahaya Bello of Kogi; and APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, were also in the delegation.

 

Okorocha Ban Imo Monarchs From Speaking In English At Functions

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has banned traditional rulers in the State from speaking in English at official functions and while conducting affairs at their palaces.

Mr Okorocha gave the directive while handing over letters of recognition and staffs of office to 19 newly recognised traditional rulers in the State in Owerri on Tuesday.

He directed that every monarch must only speak in Igbo at functions and in their palaces, adding that interpreters could be employed if the need arises.

The governor said this was in a bid to ensure that the Igbo language did not die as predicted in some quarters.

He also told traditional rulers in the state to be agents of peace, progress and prosperity in their respective domains instead of being tools of disunity and destabilisation.

He warned that any traditional ruler who could not show genuine leadership in his autonomous community would have his Certificate of Recognition and Staff of Office withdrawn.

The governor further encouraged the new traditional rulers to help the government to develop the resources of the state while urging them to rule equitably.

“Every community requires an Eze to function effectively as the head of the Community 2Government Council. Today, that responsibility has fallen on you.

I urge you not to fail as failure is not an option and I encourage you to help the government in developing the resources of our land.

“Remember that to whom much is given much is expected. This whole exercise you must understand is not an election or appointment to enable you distinguish between those who love you and those who hate you.

“Today, you are an Eze, and you must be the Eze for everyone both those against you and those who were for you. I advise you to take all of them along and embrace peace.

“Your first assignment should be to invite those who were against you to make peace in your land as no Eze can function effectively if there is no peace in your land,” he said.

Delivering a vote of thanks, Lucky Ajoku of Ihiagwa Autonomous Community, promised that they will embrace peace.

Mr. Ajoku also pledged the support of the monarchs in helping the government attain the lofty ideals of the Community Government Councils in their various communities.

One Week, Two Dramas: Who Will Save Okorocha From Himself? By Azu Ishiekwene

Whenever I’m about to forget what it means to be a politician in these parts, I remind myself of the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha. He combines the drama and ebullience of Ayo Fayose with the shenanigans and hubris of Wada Nas. The fellow just keeps your jaw agape, making you laugh and cry at once. It happened to me twice last week.

First came the news that Okorocha had rejected the appointment of his daughter, Uju Anwuka, to the Board of the Federal College of Education and Technology, Omoku.

He said he rejected it because he was not consulted and he suspected that it was a Greek gift by unnamed politicians who don’t wish him and his family well.

I’m sure that Okorocha knows by now that if his wellbeing depended on what people, especially those in his State wish, he would be long gone back to his village in Ogboko. The Imo State that he is governing today is, in many ways, a shadow of itself unable to pay its workers
or pensioners and yet having enough to dedicate official quarters to the first family.

Imo is a chattel of Okorocha, a piece of real estate for the governor and his family. I will come to that.

If Okorocha says the offer of a board appointment to his daughter was a setup, he must know what he is talking about. But I still don’t understand why it was his job to reject the offer for his adult daughter.  Wasn’t it possible for him to explain whatever dilemma it
was privately to his daughter and for her to publicly and personally eject the offer for whatever reason?

How many Nigerians who are not Okorochas get such malicious offers of appointment? And God knows that out of the 541 Federal boards in this country you can count on the fingers of one hand those where an appointment means an appointment to work.

Take the National Population Commission (NPC) board, for example. The Board comprises 37 commissioners statutorily appointed from the 36 states and Abuja with a five-year tenure each. They are virtually on the same level with Federal ministers, drawing comparable personal benefits, allowances, and perks.

For all the free milk and honey, in a place like the NPC board, for example, all 37 commissioners appointed after 2006 when the last census was conducted have done nothing in 11 years. No enumeration, no census, nothing. But they earned their allowances and perks
nonetheless.

Multiply this waste in about 541 places, including the College of Education board, where Okorocha would have us believe that his daughter was ruthlessly set up, and you will understand why the biggest favour anyone can do us is to scrap the boards, including the one where Uju Anwuka has been offered an unsolicited letter of employment. The board members should all go home.

But the College of Education board recusal was just one incident. It was, for Okorocha – my governor, my governor – one week, two dramas. The second was at the Children’s Day leadership summit hosted by the Imo State government and broadcast live on Friday, May 26.

I thought it was a day when any modest host would lead from behind, allowing the children to take the stage as they share their hopes, aspirations, and disappointments with us.

In a country where one million children die of preventable diseases yearly and where 40 percent of children between the ages of six and eleven have no access to primary education, I thought the generation of leaders that has been responsible for this mess would be ashamed to
preach to the same children whose future they have eaten along with their own.

Not Okorocha. He shamed shame. The summit stage was his shrine with his life-size pictures emblazoned in a backdrop. They provided a throne for him on his altar, while a few aides and security men squatted, almost incognito, on a low bench behind the governor’s
throne.

Speaker after speaker mounted the stage to speak of how the governor has turned their night into day. They spoke of how he makes the sun to rise and the rain to fall and how the state could never see the like of him again in our lifetime. His Excellency grinned through it all as
he fiddled with his trademark sash.

Hardly anything was said about leadership or the tens of hundreds left behind.

I didn’t see civil servants who have been compelled by Okorocha to forfeit 60 percent of their monthly salaries and still don’t get paid the balance regularly. I didn’t see pensioners who traveled all the way to Owerri, the State capital, to sign off 60 percent of their 24-month pension arrears and yet are not getting the balance regularly. I didn’t see elders of communities who levied themselves to support Okorocha’s fourth-tier community government but who have apparently been conned.

Only the whitewashed crowd was invited. Depressingly, they also recruited children, who took turns to praise the governor in exchange for plastic hugs from him. I’m trying hard to remember the lessons the children learnt about leadership but it’s the charade that keeps coming to my mind.

I know that with Okorocha nearing the end of his second term, there’s  nothing we can do to make him change his ways. He will continue to reign like an emperor and we must bow or be bended for his good pleasure.

His fingers are in every pie. His wife, Nkechi, is the only person in Nigeria who has more government portfolios than Babatunde Fashola: she supervises the Ministries of Women Affairs, Works, Health and the Office of the Secretary to the State Government. His son-in-law, Uche
Nwosu, is the Chief of Staff, and a government building is named after one of his daughters, Uloma Nwosu. Imo is Okorocha’s chattel.

Is it too much to ask that he should leave the children out of his drama the next time?

As for the rest of Imo and other states afflicted with wolves in sheep’s clothing, the lesson is to be a little more careful the next time you vote. That’s your only insurance.

Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief The Interview magazine and board member of the Paris-based Global Editors Network.

Okorocha Dismisses Cabinet, LG Council Members

In a surprise move, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has sacked his cabinet and members of the 27 local government transition committees with immediate effect.

A statement by the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Mr Pascal Obi, in Owerri directed all former members of the executive to hand over to permanent secretaries or the most senior director in their ministries.

Obi quoted the governor as appreciating the invaluable contributions of the affected appointees to the success recorded by his rescue mission administration and wishes them well in their future endeavours.

According to him, the secretary to the government, the chief of staff, chairmen and members of statutory commissions such as ISEC, Civil Service Commission, local government service commission are not affected.

“Also not affected in the cabinet shake off are the state universal basic education board, the judicial service commission, and the House of Assembly Service Commission.

“The governor also dissolved the 27 transition committees (TC) of the 27 local government areas in the state.

“The Transition Committee (TC) chairmen are advised to hand over to the directors of administration and general services of their respective council areas.

“The governor appreciates the contributions of the TC chairmen to the success of the rescue mission and wishes them well in their future endeavours,” Obi said in the statement. reports that the governor, however, did not state any reason for the action.

The report says that the governor, however, did not state any reason for the action.

Imo, Fastest Growing State in Nigeria?

Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has described the state as the `fastest developing state’ in Nigeria, following the conservative lifestyle of his economic team and the unconventional style of administration he adopted.

Okorocha made the disclosure in a statement signed and issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo.

He said Imo was able to achieve the feat through sacrifice and prudence especially in handling public fund.

“I was able to fund such projects following my unconventional style of administration that has blocked all financial leakages,” the statement quoted the governor as saying.

Okorocha noted that the state has not borrowed any money to execute any ongoing project since he came into office.

“I have not borrowed any money; neither is Imo owing any bank or institution.

“I am using the state fund to execute all my projects for the state especially the new urban renewal program.

“Those people carrying rumours that the state is hugely indebted to new generation banks are either not well informed or enemies of progress.

“Upon completion of the massive infrastructural developmental stride of this administration, the incoming governors will have less work to do for the state.

“I am laying a solid foundation for the future and I have cut off all means of embezzlement.

“This bold step has enabled me to achieve what I am doing today,’’ he said.

NAN

Aregbesola, Other APC Governors Pay Enugu Solidarity Visit Over Herdsmen Killings

All Progressives Congress (APC) governors were in Enugu State yesterday to condole with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on the killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area.

About 50 residents were killed when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the community last week.

Several others were injured.

Led by the Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, the delegation include Governors Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) and deputy governors of Kogi and Yobe states, Simon Achuba and Abubakar Aliyu.

The APC governors, who spoke through Okorocha, hailed Ugwuanyi for handling the herdsmen’s attacks with maturity and stopping reprisals.

Okorocha said the government and people of Enugu State exhibited uncommon restraint, adding: “If it were elsewhere, the story would have been different.”

The governor noted that though the invaders of Nimbo were common criminals, the incident should not be seen as an ethno-religious attack.

He said: “A criminal in Borno State is the same thing with a criminal in Enugu State or any other state.”

Okorocha philosophised that “death is death and very painful, but it is most painful if it is man-made”.

The Imo governor told Ugwuanyi that political differences pale out in matters of death.

“We are APC governors and you are in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). But in death, there is no party. That is why we are here to commiserate with you,” he said.

Okorocha said the APC governors were also in Enugu to display the need for Nigeria’s unity.

The governor urged all to always think of the nation’s unity. He said the Nimbo attack would not happen again anywhere in Nigeria.

Shettima likened Ugwuanyi’s maturity to that of the late first President of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, who always called for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

He said the perpetrators were criminals who could be found in any part of the country.

Ugwuanyi thanked his guests for commiserating with him and his people.

The governor described the visit as heart-warming.

He said his administration had set up a judicial panel of enquiry on the attack and as well established Neighbourhood Watch to prevent future attacks.