Okorocha Dares Ihedioha To Arrest Him, Says “I’ll Visit Imo Whenever I Want”

Senator Rochas Okorocha has dared the Imo state government, led by Governor Emeka Ihedioha, to make good its threat and arrest him.

On Thursday, August 29, 2019, the Imo State government had asked citizens to arrest Okorocha over the alleged assault of Jasper Ndubuaku, a government official.

Ndubuaku is the Chairman of the Recovery of Government Properties in Imo.

The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Rabiu Ladodo and Secretary to the State Government Uche Onyeaguocha would later confirm the incident to journalists during a joint news briefing in Owerri.

Ndubuaku alleged that he was beaten up at Okorocha’s residence and thrown into a gutter by some thugs.

He further alleged that he was first held hostage for a couple of hours by the thugs in the presence of security personnel attached to Okorocha’s residence.He said that the recovery team obtained a court order to search Okorocha’s house.

“We got a court order to recover stolen properties kept in Okorocha’s house and when we got to his house on Thursday, armed thugs attacked us.

“There are twenty government vehicles in his house, four speed boats, one movable crane and generator sets, which we went to recover before the incident.

“We will not give up the battle, we will go back to his house because the property belongs to Imo government,” Ndubuaku said.

Afterwards, SSG Onyeaguocha issued the Okorocha arrest order. 

Okorocha, in a response through  Sam Onwuemeodo, his Special Adviser on media, laughed off the arrest order from the Imo state government.

“The arrest Order was an open invitation to anarchy or fracas in the state because Imo people will always come out to defend Okorocha. It also shows insensitivity on the side of the government in the State because such arrest order was uncalled for and Onyeaguocha has no right to issue an Order of that nature.

“The Order only adds to their continued disrespect for the former governor, which is a very bad precedent. After May 29, 2019, Owelle Okorocha relocated to Abuja. He was in Abuja when the recovery committee members slapped the daughter, Mrs. Uloma Rochas Nwosu, invaded and looted the shops of the wife, Nneoma and that of the daughter too. And just the previous week, Onyeaguocha invaded the private Guest House of the former governor.

“The government had written petitions to EFCC and ICPC. And these agencies have begun investigations, yet they do not want these bodies to do their work which also arose from their petitions.

“Onyeaguocha has repeatedly said that Chief Ihedioha does not have the capacity to govern the state and he has taken over the day to day running of the government. That is why he could give such an irresponsible Order against a former governor of the State.

“The same Thursday, Onyeaguocha led thugs to Sam Mbakwe airport and said they were waiting for the former governor. This is the first government in the history of the State that is fanning the ember of anarchy.

“They were rattled the day Okorocha came into the State for the first time after May 29, 2019 and he was received by a mammoth crowd. It then occurred to them that their blackmail and lies have not affected the love of Imo people for their beloved former governor. That is the reason for all these insensitive actions.

Okorocha of Imo State does the dance from a moving car during his governorship reign (SaharaReporters)

“Again, the PDP never won the 2019 governorship election. They have that issue to contend with. The governor had half of his bloated votes from the three LGAs in Mbaise where he comes from and in a State with twenty-seven Local Governments. So, they have that fear of the unknown. And due largely to this fear of the unknown they decided to resort to self-help.

“Before his inauguration as Governor, Chief Ihedioha said he would step on Okorocha’s toes and he has been doing that, throwing caution to the wind. And forgetting too that when you step on one’s toes unjustly your own could peel.

“Okorocha was governor for eight years, and for the eight years, he never harassed any Imo man or woman. He built guest houses for all his predecessors. He never quarreled with any of them. But the government in Imo now is tyrannical.

“Okorocha ran pro-people government but Ihedioha is running pro-elite and pro-godfather government. That is why he has been spending billions sponsoring pocket of protests and publications by PDP elders who always claim to be Imo elders. His government is floating because of its elite posture.

“Nigerians should watch the PDP government in Imo closely. It is wicked and tyrannical. Imo people have begun to have the kind of experiences they have never had since the creation of the State in 1976. It is just a government of intimidation and harassment.

“Okorocha will be in Imo whenever he deems it necessary to come, especially when he had transformed the State as governor and left it better than he met it. And had invested heavily in the State long before his governorship with his wife and children also having their businesses relocated to Owerri because they believe strongly in the State. Nigerians of good tidings should disregard the arrest order. It became void on arrival”, Okorocha said.


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Okorocha Blasts Imo PDP Over Petition To IGP Against Him

The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has tackled the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over a petition against him by the party to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), accusing him of making inciting comments against Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s administration.

The petition, which was signed by the state secretary of the party, Nze Ray Emeana, and made available to journalists yesterday, urged the IGP to look into Okorocha’s comments while addressing his supporters during his return to the state last Tuesday and call him to order.

But in his reaction, Okorocha described the letter as “deceitful and an afterthought”, urging the IGP to disregard the petition.

A statement signed by Okorocha’s Special Adviser, Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, said: “Governor Emeka Ihedioha-led PDP government in Imo State has sent a letter to the IGP to call the beloved former governor of the State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to order, because according to them, he was inciting his supporters to cause trouble.

“Governor Ihedioha was also quoted to have said that his predecessor, Owelle Okorocha “stole” not N200 billion again but N1 trillion from the state.

“We want to appeal to the IGP to disregard the letter because it was by all standard, very deceitful and an afterthought. The fact is that Ihedioha and his party have gotten maggot-infected firewoods and by so doing, have invited Agama Lizard to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

“This is a government that swore openly to step on the toes of his predecessor, Owelle Okorocha, throwing caution to the wind. The PDP government in the state led by Ihedioha also declared war against Imo people perhaps for rejecting them at the poll in 2011, 2015 and even 2019 because in 2019, INEC declared them winner with more than half of Ihedioha’s votes coming from only three Local Governments of Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise and Ezinihitte Mbaise where he comes from, out of the 27 LGAs.

“They have set up, as we write, 21 Panels and Committees all aimed at creating undue tension and preparing the ground to dispose of people of their legitimate possessions; and to also blackmail. There is also an uncountable number of task forces, beating our people especially motorists on a daily basis and forcing them to pay all kinds of levies and loyalties. What we have in Imo at the moment is an Emperor who loves power and money. “

Okorocha alleged that crimes and criminality had resurfaced in the state since the assumption of the present administration, which should have been given attention.

“They failed to tell the IGP in their letter that today, kidnapping, ritual killings, armed robbery, raping, cultism, etc have become the orders of the day and totally opposite of what was obtainable for the eight years Okorocha governed the state. No Imo man or woman was harassed or beaten under Okorocha, but today the reverse is entirely the case.

With all these, Imo people, not Okorocha, are angry. Okorocha only advised the government to exercise caution and appealed to the people to remain calm. And their worry or concern is the mammoth crowd that received Okorocha on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, when he returned to the state with the atmosphere being clement and he was able to address them for hours,” he said.

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Emeka Ihedioha Did Not Win Election In Imo – Rochas Okorocha

The immediate past Governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has said his successor, Emeka Ihedioha did not win the election that brought him into office.

Okorocha was speaking at a town hall meeting at his home town of Ogboko community in Imo.

The federal lawmaker stated that Emeka Ihedioha did not fulfill the constitutional requirements of winning 25% of votes in two-thirds of the local government areas in the state which legitimizes the election of any Governor.

He reinstated his belief in the justice system of the country to do right by the people and return the stolen mandate to Henry Nwosu

“ Let me be clear, Emeka Ihedioha did not win elections in this state but was crookedly handed the mandate. This is why he is going about running government in such a crookedly manner “

“ He didn’t fulfill the constitutional requirements to be governor of Imo and I am confident that the justice system will side with the people of Imo and retrieve the stolen mandate of the people’s choice Henry Nwosu”.

Rochas is back in the state for the first time since being sworn in as senator representing Imo West.

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Okorocha Tells Imo Residents To Resist Attacks From Ihedioha’s Government

Supporters of Senator Rochas Okorocha have been urged to resist further attacks from the Imo state government. Okorocha who gave this call, said he would no longer tolerate unwarranted assaults on his person and relatives, The Nation reports.

The former governor disclosed this when he addressed a crowd at the headquarters of the Uche Nwosu Campaign Organisation in Owerri. He said he has returned to the state to protect his people from government agents who have launched a war on his followers and legacies.

“I will no longer tolerate attacks from Governor Emeka Ihedioha. I am urging my supporters to rise up and resist further attacks from the government; nobody should intimidate you, Imo belongs to all of us.

They have brought back impunity to Imo state, kidnapping has returned, the state is no longer safe but let not your hearts fail because Ihedioha’s stay in power will be for a little while,” he said.

The former governor warned that his silence should not be taken for granted, adding that Nigeria is a country that is governed by rules and not emotions adding that if the government has anything against him, it should follow the law.

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I Will No Longer Tolerate Ihedioha’s Attacks – Okorocha

The former Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has accused the Imo state government of attacks on his personal properties in the state.

In a statement, Okorocha said that agents of the state government have since his exit from office launched several attacks on properties, individuals and anything that has to do with him.

These activities according to the Imo North Senator potrayed as recovery of the state assets have resulted in the damage, vilification and abuse of power in a bid to witch-hunt him.

“In the last couple of months, the government of Emeka Ihedioha has launched and sustained attacks on my property and that of my family members. They had raided my wife and daughter’s businesses places and I have reported to the authorities.

“Now the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Uche Onyeaguocha, went to my private guesthouse, chased away the security men and broke into the house, ransacked it and made away with documents, locked up the house and took the keys.

“I have been quiet about all these unwarranted attacks but they should not take my silence for granted.”

Okorocha posited that if the Imo State government is acting on the dictates of the law, it should obtain a court order that will legalize any of its actions and not unleash state forces to destroy his personal properties.

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Okorocha: Why Imo Gov Ihedioha Is After Me

The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Wednesday said his successor, Emeka Ihedioha, was destroying projects executed by his administration in order to discredit his achievements and the All Progressives Congress legacy in the South-East.

He also said the Peoples Democratic Party administration in the state was fighting him because of the defeat that the party suffered through him in the 2011 and 2015 general elections,  when he won the governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

Okorocha, who is now representing Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, made the claims in a statement issued in Owerri on Wednesday by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo.

He alleged that his successor wanted to destroy the APC in the South-East at all cost.

The senator said the PDP stalwarts in the state were still angry with him for making sure that former President Goodluck Jonathan’s voting strength in the South-East in the 2019 general elections was challenged.

The statement read in part, “The Governor Emeka Ihedioha-led PDP government in the state is simply fighting back because of the defeat they suffered in 2011 and 2015 in the hands of Senator Rochas Okorocha.

“They are also playing the politics of how to remain in power in the state having known that they didn’t win the 2019 governorship election because before now, nobody had become the governor of the state with bloated figures from only three out of the 27 local government areas in the state.

“For them too, having known that Imo remains the strongest hold of APC in the South-East, they now feel that once APC is destroyed in Imo, the party has been destroyed in the South-East. That is another major reason for the current hostility against Okorocha, his amazing achievements and APC members in Imo.”

The Senator also said his administration left N42.5bn in the state coffers, but alleging that Ihedioha had not fixed any bad road since he became governor.

But Ihedioha, while reacting through his Special Adviser on media, Steve Osuji, said Okorocha’s allegations against him were baseless.

He said, “The Imo State Governor is more preoccupied with the challenges of rebuilding the state.”

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IDPs Grumble Over Govt, Authorities Neglect As Rochas Foundation Provides Aid, Succor

Internally Displaced Persons IDPs In Durumi camp have expressed displeasure over what they described as “total neglect and abandonment” by government and authorities in charge of their welfare.

This is just as the Rochas foundation visited the IDPs and provided succour in food and other other food supplies to them.

The inhabitants of Durumi IDP camp alerted that the Federal Government and the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA officials responsible for their welfare have disappeared leaving them to wallow in lack of care and food.

One of the IDPs simply identified as Maria said “Its sad that as IDPs, we have been neglected by the authorities. For sometime now, food and other supplies have not gotten to us. We have endured to grumble with the situation caused by the insecurity that made us flee from our ancestral homes.”

The IDPs were however grateful to the Rochas Foundation for giving what they described as a “timely and impactful” gesture to them.

Two inhabitants of the camp, Salamatu and Dahiru were full of gratitude to the Foundation for its assistance.

The Rochas Foundation during the visit promised to build a school facility within the camp.

The school project in Durumi camp according to the officials of the foundation is in furtherance of the 11 schools it has built under its READ programme to provide qualitative and free education for indigent students in making them responsible leaders of Tomorrow.

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Rochas Foundation To Build School In IDP Camp

The Rochas Foundation is set to build a school in the Durumi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp.

This is in line with the aim of the foundation under its READ program to ensure that kids in the camp are given a shot in life through.

A few days ago, its founder, Senator Rochas Anayo Okorocha led other members of the Foundation to the Durumi IDPs camp where it handed food and other supplies to the inhabitants of the camp.

The school facility is part of the efforts of the Rochas Foundation which has successfully built 11 schools across the country since inception to provide qualitative and free education for indigent students in making them responsible leaders of tomorrow.

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Outrage as Imo Gov Ihedioha Allegedly Demolish Rochas Freedom Square Project

Residents of Imo State’s capital, Owerri were left bewildered as the Freedom Park, built by the immediate past governor, Rochas Okorocha was demolished on August 1.

The sound of earth-moving equipment and heavy machinery dominated the air as the park, built barely two years ago, was torn down in a flagrant show of force. The fountain was reduced to a pile of iron and concrete as on-lookers gathered to catch a glimpse of the wreckage.

Freedom Park, or Freedom Square as it is also called, is one of the attractions erected by Okorocha during his term as governor. The park was a fair distance from the State House and has been described as ‘t?he safe house of Owerri, a place where everyone is equal irrespective of politics and religion?’. Recently, it has become a hotspot for late-night revellers and tourists.

While most residents are at a loss to explain the events of August 1, there is a general sentiment that the demolition was ordered by new Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

The events share parallels with the levelling of another tourist attraction, Akachi Tower in May. The tower, also built by Okorocha, was demolished days after his successor was sworn in.

During its inauguration, Okorocha said Akachi Tower signified the generous hand of God over the state. The tower, along Owerri’s Akachi Road, featured a spiral staircase, topped by a defiant fist.

The tower was pulled down with a demolition truck before the culprits, numbering over a dozen, were reportedly removed from the scene by men in military fatigues. The new Imo State Governor did not respond to rumours of his involvement.

The demolition of tourist attractions like the Akachi Tower and Freedom Square has set off conversations about the new administration’s perceived intention to revise a chapter of Imo’s history.

During his tenure, Okorocha erected many edifices as part of his efforts to turn Imo State, and Owerri in particular, into a tourism hub.

The Imo State Governor is yet to release an official statement on the matter.

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Protest Begins In Imo Over Alleged Slap Of Okorocha’s Daughter

Protest by hundreds of women has started in Imo state, over the alleged slapping of the daughter of Senator Rochas Okorocha, by a member of the recovery of government properties set up by Governor Emeka Ihedioha.

The women who assembled at the Rochas Foundation office along Okigwe road, at about 10:59 am. They said that they will be matching to the Imo state Police Headquarters to submit their petition against the government on the slapping drama.

However, tension has hightened in the state, as there could be a counter-protests. More details soon…

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Okorocha Chairs Culture And Tourism Committee As Senate Announces Standing Committees

The immediate past Governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has been named the Chairman, Committee on Culture and Tourism of the 9th Senate.

The Senator representing Osun central Senatorial District, Dr Ajibola Basiru was named the Chair of the Senate Committee on Diaspora, NGO and Civil Societies.

The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan announced a total of 69 standing committees for the tenure of the 9th senate.

Headlining the leadership of Committees are; Sen. Jubril Barau (APC-Kano) is the Chairman, Appropriation Committee, Sen. Adeola Olamilekan (APC-Lagos); Finance Committee and Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele (APC-Ekiti); Judiciary Committee.

The Senate has adjourned till September 24 to observe its annual recess.

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One Shot, Many Injured As Ihedioha’s Thugs Continue Harassment Of Okorocha’s Family Members

By Johnbull Chikwe

Armed thugs, allegedly acting on the instructions of the Imo State governor, Emeka Ihedioha have invaded ‘House of Freeda’, a business outfit of the first daughter of the immediate past governor of the State, Uloma Nwosu.

Mrs Uloma Nwosu is also the wife of the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance. She had been severally harassed in the past, with some of her personal and company vehicles allegedly taken away at gunpoint, by armed thugs allegedly acting in line with the directives of the governor of Imo State.

Governor Ihedioha has recently raised the tempo of his harassment against family members and political associates of his major rival in the last governorship election. It is believed that the governor whose election is facing some challenges at the court is anxious to weaken the morale of key associates of the AA governorship candidate, to either cow them into submitting to his draconian rule or stampede them out of town to ensure that he has a free ride.

So far, unconfirmed reports have it that one person has been shot, while several others sustain injuries as the thugs are looting valuables from the business premises.

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