Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has always been known for strange initiatives like erecting status and appointing a commissioner for happiness, so it is no surprise that the Governor decided to host just concluded Big Brother Naija’ s favourite couple housemates Miracle Igbokwe and Nina, Bam Bam and Teddy A.
Recall that these two couples were seen severally in romantic and sexual acyivities in the house which many people frowned at.
The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has announced automatic promotion for all workers in the state civil service. He however, said those who are newly employed are excluded.
He also promised that because of the fondness he had for the workers, he could also approve sleeping allowance for them.
Okorocha announced the automatic promotion in his address at the 2018 Workers’ Day celebration in Owerri on Tuesday.
Addressing the workers, the Governor said, “I have therefore approved an automatic promotion for all workers of Imo State.
“This automatic promotion means that if you are in Grade Level Eight, you are now in Grade Level Nine. This is because since I became governor seven years ago, you have not been promoted.
“Without you, the activities of government would be crippled. You are the engine room behind all our successes. I thank you for your patience. You are so dear to me. I can even approve sleeping allowance for you.”
Okorocha said his administration would abide by whatever decision is reached between the Federal Government and the Nigerian Labour Congress concerning the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
Many people were injured on Monday when the supporters of the Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, and those of the son-in-law to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Uche Nwosu, had a violent altercation at a political meeting.
The clash happened at the council hall of the Mbaitoli Local Government Area, at Nworubi, where the supporters of Okorocha’s son-in-law had allegedly gone to endorse him to run for the 2019 governorship election.
Mbaitoli LGA is where the deputy governor, Madumere, hails from.
Both Madumere and Nwosu are angling to succeed Okorocha in office, but the governor had, last week, publicly announced that he would support his son-in-law who is currently his chief of staff should he declare interest to contest.
Sources at the meeting told our correspondent that a political structure known as “I believe Movement,” which is pro Nwosu; and supporters of the deputy governor attacked one another immediately the mission of the visitors was announced.
According to an indigene of the LGA who was at the meeting, the visitors had sent them a text message, inviting members of the public to a gathering without stating the agenda.
The indigenes, according to the source, became enraged when the visitors announced that the essence of the political gathering was to endorse the governor’s son-in-law for governor.
“Members of ‘I believe Movement’ took us for granted. They came to our Local Government Area to endorse the governor’s son-in-law, as against our son who is the deputy governor of the state.
“They want to use us to score a political point against the deputy governor, who is our son.
“The annoying aspect is that they didn’t inform us why they invited us.
“Immediately we realised what their plan was, we told them categorically that we were supporting our son, who is the deputy governor, for the governorship election.
“They started shouting ‘I believe Movement in support of Uche Nwosu;’ and we started shouting ‘Madumere.’
“They picked offence and started fighting us,” the source explained.
According to the source, the indigenes had to call for reinforcement, which led to alleged bloody clash.
“Our people regrouped and came to the hall to save us. They started using stones, bottles and other weapons on us.”
Our correspondent learnt that the free for all and exchange of punches led to many of those involved sustaining injuries.
Some members of I Believe Movement, our correspondent learnt, ran home half Unclad when the indigenes overpowered them, as it took the intervention of security men to bring the situation under control.
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few days ago, the statue fame vanity of a governor, Mr. Rochas Okorocha was further mocked by his people with the statue of a man supposedly erected and defecating on Douglas Avenue, Owerri. The inscription on the effigy reads: “After una go say APC Governors no dey try. Finally, Rochas Okorocha has erected the statue of a man defecating along Douglas Avenue. The statue was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari”.
The caricature of a defecating man in Owerri is in consonant with Imo State people’s rejection of the erection of President Jacob Zuma’s statue and others that guzzled five hundred and twenty million naira of tax players’ money of Imo and other citizens alike. The defecating man’s effigy is a laud denunciation of Mr. Rochas’ unpopular decision to assault the sensibility of Nigerians with the shadow of an unwanted, corruption, sexist and bloodcurdling President of a foreign country, including Imo state’s indigenes resident in South Africa who are being slaughtered on a daily basis, without Zuma lifting a finger against it.
As I said earlier, the statue of a corrupt Africa President in Nigeria perforates whatever anti-corruption crusade or posturing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government under President Muhammadu Buhari and in Imo state, governed by an (APC) governor. It’s smacks of indolence, recklessness, graft and lack of emotional intelligence in a state where the governor has been unable to pay workers salaries running into dozens of months, where pensioners could not draw their retirement benefits running into years!
Even at that, why would Governor Rochas desecrate the land of the noblemen like late Sam Mbakwe and many more with the statue of a misogynistic renegade who has come to symbolize corruption in his country and Africa? What will now happen to the Zuma’s statue in Owerri? Will it keep standing why the real Zuma has been rejected and dethroned by his own people in his own country?
Yesterday, Mr. Zuma, whose reputation has been tainted by claims of corruption, was forced to step down by the African National Congress (ANC) party. His disgraceful exit from power was an ignominious end to his nine years in office occasioned by strong disagreement with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor and the new head of the ANC.
Many graft allegations against him have centred on the three Gupta brothers, who are accused of unfairly obtaining lucrative government contracts and even being able to choose Zuma’s ministerial appointments. Yesterday, police raided the Johannesburg home of the Gupta business family, which is accused of overseeing a web of corruption under Zuma’s rule. Police said three unidentified people had been arrested in investigations into “Vrede Farm” — allegations that millions of dollars of public money meant for poor dairy farmers were siphoned off by the Guptas.
It’s common knowledge that Zuma had been pushing for an exit deal that included covering his potentially ruinous legal fees from prolonged court battles against multiple criminal charges. One case relates to 783 payments he allegedly received linked to an arms deal before he came to power. Zuma’s reign has been marred by slow economic growth, continuing racial inequality, record unemployment that has fuelled public frustration and xenophobic execution of other African migrants engaged in legitimate businesses.
But Mr. Zuma is a hero of some sort in Rochas’ reckoning. He’s Rochas’ corrupt hero in a ruinous continent where corruption is the air political leadership breaths. Curiously, African Union (AU) has designated President Muhammadu Buhari as its anti-corruption hero — a man with looting credentials that can only be compared with his late principal, the late Gen. Sani Abacha. The national assembly which ought to be calling for Mr. Buhari resignation and prosecution is itself deeply involved in corrupt practices much more than the Presidency itself.
To make matter worse, Governor Rochas is one of President Buhari’s closest confidants. That’s why Governor Rochas had the effrontery to endorsed his son-in-law as his successor in next year’s gubernatorial election. Rochas, at a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Owerri Municipal Council Area, shoved down the decision to impose his Chief of Staff and son-in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu down their throats because he has “the qualities of an ideal leader”.
The governor boastfully exerts arrogantly: “The monumental achievements of my administration will not be left in the hand of anyhow person. The governor did not tell us whether his Chief of Staff also advised him to build a wasteful statute in honour of Jacob Zuma as one of his (COS) “qualities of an ideal leader”. By the way, is Mr. Rochas qualify to talk about the ‘qualities of an ideal leader’ given his failed promised to Imo State people and his earlier pretenses to fix Nigeria’s legion of crises, if voted as president.
Rocha’s governorship has been everything but ‘monumental achievements’. Imo State Stakeholders, under the auspices of Concerned Citizens of Imo State, accused the governor of ‘monumental fraud’, tyranny and virtual looting of the state’s treasury. According to the group, there is no parts of governance structures that have not been ruptured by Governor Rochas’s destructive and rampaging antidemocratic machine.
As 2019 approaches, Imo people and Nigerians must look beyond innately corrupt leaders or political and minds manipulators who harp on the ignorance of the masses for the enhancements of their personal gains. The people of Imo State have to do the needful at this moment — pull down the roughish Zuma’s statue — since the South Africa people have dethroned Rochas’ idol of corruption. Governor Rochas Okorocha and his company are typical examples of how not to be a leader. They should be dethroned like his idol of graft in South Africa.
A quarrel has broken out between members of the House of Representatives from Rivers State and their colleagues from Imo State over the pardon granted wanted persons by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The suspects reportedly took part in the January 1 deadly attacks in Omoku, Rivers State, where about 22 people were killed.
While the Rivers State Security Council declared them wanted, Okorocha reportedly granted the suspects amnesty.
A motion brought on the floor of the House in Abuja seeking to “condemn” Okorocha’s action has caused disagreements between lawmakers from the two states.
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.”
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
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
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.
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.
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.”