Okorocha: I’ll Not Leave APC For Anybody |The Republican News



Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha


George Onyejiuwa and Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has vowed not to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC), which he claimed to be one of its founders in the state.

He said when he took the mainstream of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to join the merger that gave birth to APC, he was not under any pressure to do so, adding that he even made the move at the risk of his second tenure as governor.

Governor Okorocha, who said this in a press statement he issued through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, added that he became the propeller of APC in the state and the whole of South East by mobilising people for the party in Imo, Ebony, Abia, Enugu, and Anambra states.

He added that he became the rallying point of the party in the overall interest of the South East and APC.
The statement said: “If Governor Okorocha did not take a good percentage of APGA members to APC, the party would not have had the kind of national spread it has today. For that reason, they called him all sorts of derogatory names which Nigerians know, including Alhaji in Government House, Okoro-Hausa and Rochas Buhari.

“When APC came for the campaign in 2015, in Imo and all the states in the South East, he was the point man. Today, APC has become the party to envy. Nobody is talking about Okorocha and Buhari going to use APC to Islamise the Igbo.
“Today, the same people who called him names have begun to market falsehood against him, including the fake story of his leaving APC for APGA. All these show the level of frustration on the side of the 10-man coalition. They are being hunted by their inglorious actions.

“One may also wish to know that while the unfounded story of the governor leaving APC is yet to dry, they have also come up with another one, that the governor is in a coma. These people do not know God and, of course, they are afraid of both the present and the future.”

Okorocha said he won’t allow his detractors to reap where they never sowed and added that their deceit would expire in no distant time.

“No landlord leaves his house for unfaithful tenants. The name Okorocha is the fibre of APC in Imo and the whole of South East. And anybody who says it is not true should tell Nigerians why it is only in Imo you have APC governor, 24 out of the 27 House of Assembly members, three House of Representatives members and one senator, in the whole of South East. Time will tell what happens in APC in Imo and the whole of South East,” the statement said. (The Sun)

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Imo: APC Appeal Committee Upholds Ward, LG Congresses |The Republican News


Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

The move by Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to cancel the ward and local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in the state has failed, as the party’s Appeal Committee has ratified the exercise.

This was even as Imo Assembly lawmakers, led by the Speaker, Acho Ihim, and some National Assembly members staged a protest at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, yesterday.

Okorocha had met President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, to protest alleged malfeasance during the ward congresses in his state and demanded their cancellation.
In its report, the APC Congresses Appeal Panel said based on a report submitted by Imo State Congress Committee, signed by its Chairman, Senator Abubakar Tutare, ward and local government congresses were held in Imo State.
The appeal committee further said those who wrote a petition against the congress were unqualified.
The report said: “The congress committee presented video evidence to support its position that Congress actually held in the state.”

Meanwhile, the National Assembly legislators from Imo State have dismissed the insinuation that the allied forces, consisting mainly the chieftains of the party, have defeated Governor Okorocha in the recently conducted ward and local government congresses.

Speaking after the closed-door meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the delegation of 24 legislators, led by the Speaker, Imo House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, claimed the governor is still the leader of the ruling party in the state.

They insisted that there is nothing wrong with the governor endorsing his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, and dismissed what many believed was the genesis of the problem.

“We are here to reconfirm that there was no congress in all the general and certain wards in Imo State. We are here to reaffirm and demand that an announcement be made for a new date for the ward and local government congresses and we can now talk about the state congresses.

“As for our discussion with the national chairman, we want it treated as an in-house affair; but, we have affirmed our stand that we are still with our governor.

“He is the face of APC in the South East. Of course, the young man has done so well.”   (The Sun)

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Imo 2019: I’m Most Qualified To Succeed Okorocha – Madumere |The Republican News


…Imo needs my experience, says Ohakim

Stanley Uzoaru and George Onyejiuwa, Owerri

Imo State Deputy  Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, has said he is most experienced and qualified than other aspirants who have lined up to succeed his boss, Governor  Rochas Okorocha in 2019.
Madumere, who made this known yesterday in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Uche Onwuchekwa, said he has learnt more from his boss to pilot the affairs of the state and consolidate on the achievements of the Rescue Mission administration.
Madumere said he has the right spirit and well prepared to take over the mantle of leadership, adding that he has the right temperament and experience to steer the ship of the state.
The deputy governor said he has “equally gathered more experience on the job than any aspirant, coupled with his exposure to the world best standards in governance.”
Madumere has continued to receive endorsements from various political groups across the state,  including women and youth organisations.
In a related development, immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim has declared that he will be contesting the gubernatorial election in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He said the state needs an experienced person to rebuild its battered economy, saying the biggest business in the state now is mortuary business as people are dying on daily basis because of the extreme hardship.
Ohakim, who stated this at the weekend during an interactive session with newsmen in the state, said he has decided to contest the governorship of the state for a second time, based on the enormous pressure on him by well meaning Imo citizens, who have realised the grave mistake the people made in 2011.
“I want to formally declare my intention to contest the governorship of the state for a second time because of the enormous pressure brought on me by well meaning citizens after realizing the grave mistake of 2011. I am not an aspirant but a contestant. I am not desperate to become a governor, but today, Imo State does not need somebody who is coming to experiment with the state like we have had in the last six and half years now, but an experienced person to rebuild the enormous damage done to the state by the current administration, otherwise, the state will sink deeper into the economic morass that it has already found itself. ”
Meanwhile, the state Chairman of the PDP, Charles Ekekwem, has declared that there would be no automatic ticket for anybody, whether for those who are currently at the National or State Assemblies.
He said all positions will be contested for.
This was just as member of the party’ Board of Trustees, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has appealed to members of the party who had left over one disagreement or the other to return to the party and join other stakeholders to reclaim the Government House in 2019.

Ekekwem, who made the declaration at the stakeholders meeting held at the party`s secretariat in Owerri, stated  emphatically that nobody will be given special consideration, whether the person is currently serving as a member of the National or State Assembly as all positions must  be determined by the primaries.
He also dismissed the insinuations in some quarters that the state PDP has been hijacked by a cabal who now tele -guides the state executive on who should be given the party tickets.
“I want to state categorically that this state executive under my humble leadership will not , I repeat give any special consideration to any aspirant for any position in 2019 general election it does not matter whether they are serving members of the National Assembly or State Assembly every position must be contested at the primaries and it is the result that announced on the ground of the primaries that would be transmitted to Abuja.”

“I want to formally declare my intention to contest for the governorship of the state for a second time because of the enormous pressure brought on me by well meaning citizens of the state after realising the grave mistake of 2011. I am not an aspirant but a contestant.
He added, I am not desperate to become a governor, but today, Imo State does not need somebody who is coming to experiment with the state like we have had in the last six and half years now, but an experienced person to rebuild the enormous damage done to the state by the current administration, otherwise, the state will sink deeper into the economic morass that it has already found itself.”
The former governor said governance is not business but service to the people, noting that every sector in the state has been destroyed as the economy of the state has completely collapsed and that citizens of the state especially civil servants are finding it extremely difficult to feed their families.
“ People have always asked me what I forgot in the government house and my reply is that I am the only person who forgot something in the government house, because  governance is not business, like what we are seeing today, but service to the people.
Today, the biggest business in the state is mortuary business because people are dying on daily basis because of severe hardship. The private sector has collapsed in the state as most of the local contractors have packed up, the civil service has been destroyed and worst of all, state judges are owed about 18 months salaries, which is scandalous. I have written to the governor that if the judges are not paid by March, then I will lead a protest.
Continuing, if we do not have a regime change in 2019 it will be calamitous because security in the state will not be guaranteed because already kidnapping has become a daily affairs in the state”.
He said that as a governor he never allocated a plot of land to himself and he has only one house in Owerri which said he built in 1993 as a commissioner under the administration of late Evans Enwerem, stressing that the primary objective of governor of any state is the welfare of the people not turning the state into a private business empire while the people are left to starve.
“ No Imo people can say that his or her life is now better than it was between 2007 and 2011 during my tenure as the governor of the state because all the policies of my administration were tailored for the benefit of the people not for my personal acquisition. As a governor I never allocated a plot of land to myself and I have only house in Owerri which I had built as a commissioner under the administration of Evans Enwerem. So , my intention to be a governor for a second term is not because of material acquisition because I am satisfied with what I have. Today I pay myself N5 Million every month from my business and that it enough for me”.  (The Sun)

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Imo 2019 Election: I’ll Pick My Successor, Zoning Is Dead In Imo, Says Okorocha


Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha

…Says zoning dead in Imo


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has insisted that he would produce his successor in 2019.

He said his successor would come from amongst members of his ‘rescue mission’ who, he believed, would sustain the philosophy and legacies of his administration.

This was just as he reiterated that the issue of zoning the office of the governor is dead in the state.

Governor Okorocha said this while addressing stakeholders and leaders of the party from the 27 council areas of the state who paid him a New Year visit at his country home, in Ogboko, on Thurday.

He maintained that whoever would take over from him in 2019 would be member of the Rescue Mission Political family and not an outsider.

“The issue of who takes over the mantle of Governor of the state in 2019 must come from the Rescue Mission Political Family and not an outsider . This is because the person already know the driving philosophy and would sustain the legacies of this government.”

The Imo State governor further  stressed that the era of zoning political offices have gone for good, in the state, saying that the zoning of political offices in the past have not encouraged the much needed growth and development.

“As a politician, I can authoritatively tell you that any politician that gets into any political office based on zoning will be a clannish leader, because he or she will channel all his energy in doing things that will satisfy his own people but when a politician is elected  on popular demand devoid of zoning, he or she will see the entire state as his own and treat every zone equally in the scheme of things,” he noted.

He also pointed out that his Rescue Mission, in the last six  and half years, has  not done anything based on zone or where he comes from as all the developmental projects, including political appointments, have been distributed evenly across the state.

Okorocha, who stated that his greatest desire is  to see that all his political sons and daughters in  the Rescue Mission Administration, grow greater than him, politically, vowed to ensure that Imo State would not be made a political battle ground in 2019 by overzealous politicians who are desperate to be Governor at all cost.

The governor also maintained that his support and endorsement of the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari will make an Igbo president possible in 2023. He added that he was fully in charge as all the names from the state that made the recently released Federal Board members including the name of Sen. Osita Izunaso, was his own list.   (The Sun)

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2019: Imo Assembly Endorses Okorocha’s Son-in-law For Governor |The Republican News


Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha


Crisis brewing in the Imo State House of assembly may have escalated following the Assembly’s endorsement of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as a governorship aspirant in 2019.

Nwosu is currently the Chief of Staff in the Government House.

The House Committee Chairman on Petroleum, Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission and Niger Delta Development Commission, Henry Ezediaro, said Nwosu was the most qualified to take over from his father-in-law, Okorocha.

Ezediaro, who spoke at a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, on Saturday, said the decision to endorse Nwosu was reached after the majority of the state’s lawmakers declared him the best to run for the position.

He said, “After meeting with the members of the House of Assembly, we, irrespective of party affiliations, have endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu. We urge him to contest the poll. If he does, we will support him to be the governor in 2019.

“On behalf of the lawmakers, we want to use this medium to appeal to the governor and thank him for his free education policy in the state, but without Uche Nwosu, the policy may die and that is why we want him to continue from where he will stop.”

The lawmaker denied there is a crisis in the House.

“The house is not in a crisis, we just disagreed on some issues,” Ezediaro added.  (Punch)

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Achievements Of Happiness Ministry Will Shock Critics – Okorocha |The Republican News


Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said achievements of the new Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment will shock critics of his administration.

Okorocha said the achievements of the ministry will be so amazing, that critics of the initiative will regret to have drawn the curtain for the new ministry even before it takes off.

This was even as the governor said former governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim and the 2015 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Emeka Ihedioha are least qualified to criticise any of his policies or programmes.

His Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement, yesterday, said: “Okorocha is a man of ideas who thinks about the present and the generations yet unborn. He does not misfire on any issue, the attendant criticisms notwithstanding. When the new ministry begins to bear the expected fruits, the accolades will envelop the early criticisms.

 “We accept all the criticisms in good faith and commend the critics. That is what makes the society dynamic and our democracy juicy. The truth is that, the new ministry is not an accidental discharge but, a well-thought out idea that will benefit Imo people, in particular, and all men and women of goodwill in general. We only ask the critics to give us time. 

“Some people have also talked about Jacob Zuma’s statue as a referenced case. The criticisms that greeted the statue were all anchored on the corruption allegations against the South African president. Yet, the fact remains that the man is still the president of that country. He has neither been sentenced to imprisonment nor impeached following these corruption claims.

“We also want to let the public know that Ohakim and Ihedioha are not qualified to criticise Okorocha on any policy or programme. Ohakim was governor for four years and has no achievement to his credit. “

And that administration could only be associated with the flogging of citizens, including a priest. Today, Owerri has 12 lane roads, three tunnels, two fly-overs, five in-land roads, four pedestrian bridges, streetlights and befitting structures, courtesy of Okorocha.

“Chief Ihedioha was in the House of Representatives for 12 years and ended up being the deputy speaker but could not fix the only market called Nkwo-Mbutu in his ward, Mbutu, and all the Niger Delta Development Commission projects that have developed K-legs in the state are directly or indirectly linked to him.

“That was the reason he could only extract victory in the three local governments of Mbaise where he comes from, with INEC, and all the federal agencies fully behind him during the 2015 election.

“Rochas has more than 1,000 completed and verifiable projects located in various parts of the state. His achievements have surpassed the achievements of all those who had governed the state before him put together. Anybody with contrary claim should come forward with his facts or verifiable claims.

“We also want to use this opportunity to reiterate that the Imo State government is not owing workers’ salary. The government has been up to date in the payment of salaries.

“On the issue of pension, the government has also shown interest and commendable commitment to the payment. In December 2016, the government cleared all arrears of pension and began monthly payment this year. The government has only few months to clear and is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure that the few outstanding months are also cleared. We stand to be challenged on all our claims.”   (The Sun)

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Imo Gov’t Defends Appointing Rochas’ Sister As Best For The New Ministry Of Happiness


The Rochas Okorocha administration has blamed the printer’s devil, for the wrong christening of the Ministry of Happiness.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said the typographic error led to the naming of the ministry as the Ministry of Happiness and Couples Fulfilment.It is now called Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment.

“There was a typographic error in the first statement issued on the swearing in of the new commissioners.
The word “Couple” was inadvertently written, instead of the word “Purpose,” we regret that.

The statement went on to justify the essence of the new Ministry and its purpose in the state.

“The real essence of life is to be happy and to fulfil one’s purpose in life; Government officials are elected to address this.

Happiness and Purpose fulfillment Ministry therefore, is established for the lost time to correct the policy framework to guide Ministries and Departments on what they must do to guarantee the citizens happiness and contribute better to the society.

“This is the very reason people elect their leaders to guarantee their happiness and purpose fulfilment.
A great leader therefore, is one who provides happiness to the people.

“Unfortunately, this vital element of our social lives has not been properly addressed. Governments at different levels have created several ministries and departments to achieve this, yet people are bitter, angry with hate speeches which lead to crisis, war and even terrorism,” the release read.

The statement further described the choice of Okorocha’s sister, Mrs Ogechi Ololo as the Supervisory Commissioner in charge of the ministry as a wise choice considering her experience in administration.

“The choice of Mrs Ogechi Ololo, a Masters Degree Holder in computer Science, USA who has been the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor on Domestic Matters and Food Security can be described as a round peg in a round hole.

Before her appointment as the supervisory commissioner, she was charged with the responsibility of liaising with the Federal Government on N-Power Project, CBN Anchor project and BOI, Empowerment Projects.”

Governor Rochas Okorocha has also created other Similar Ministries such as the Ministry of Non Formal sector and Market development to address issues of the poor state of Imo Markets and organize the non-formal sector to make them more productive.

The Ministry of education was also split into three ministries, Primary and secondary, Tertiary non-Formal Education, ICT, Science and Technology. (NAN)

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