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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President Buhari Urges Ogun Electorates To Reject APM, Declares Support For APC Candidates

In what appeared to be a message directed at Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his Imo state counterpart, Rochas Okorocha over their anti-party activities and disloyalty to party supremacy, President Muhammadu Buhari has lambasted the actions of some APC governors who single-handedly choose who to contest all elective positions in their states without carrying along all stakeholders.

President Buhari made this known in a television interview aired on Arise TV. The interview was aired for over one hour and the President made his opinion known over some splinter parties from the APC who have come to adopt him. He described their adoption as one based selfish reasons.

He described the party leadership as impartial and fair during the process of the primaries while he lambasted the governors who tried to single-handedly choose all candidates for all elective positions in their states without due process and also against the direct primary option the party provided for.

The President revealed that those splinter parties that endorsed him are after their selfish interests and has directed the people of the state to vote against them. The President has also declared his support for all APC candidates in a release made public by his media aide,

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2019: Oshiomole Stole The Mandate Of Imo APC, Okorocha Alleges

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has insisted the crisis rocking the state’s chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may be irreconcilable considering various steps he had taken to address the situation.

Recall that Chairman of the reconciliatory committee the APC set up to look into the grievances in Imo State, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, had assured that the first task of their mission, which is to ensure Governor Okorocha remained in the party had been completed, emphasising that the second phase of discussion which he said would be indoors would be favourable to APC members in the state.

However, Okorocha, in his response, said: “There shouldn’t have been crisis in the party because of the affinity of the members, we are like one big family. When we came in 2011, it was a miracle, the who is who in Imo politics were against us but we won that election. We moved from APGA to APC because of the name of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is synonymous with integrity. I am a foundation member of the APC. I suggested the name APC.

“When we started, we were called names, we were made to look like aliens in our state, this is the only state you have elected office holders that are of the APC extraction. Those Oshiomole gave the tickets were not APC members, the worst political injustice in the history of Nigeria happened in Imo.

“The only reason these people are here is because of Buhari, not because they have benefitted. The issue we have is with Adams Oshiomole, he stole the mandate of the people and gave it away for reasons best known to him. The people here are concerned because the name of the person on APC ticket is not the candidate of their choice. The situation at hand has gone beyond what we can manage.”

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2019: Okorocha Names Son-In-Law As Successor

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has said his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who also doubles as Chief of Staff, would be his successor in 2019.

The governor said this at a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Owerri Municipal Council Area.

According to him, Nwosu possess the “the qualities of an ideal leader”.

He said: “The monumental achievements of my administration will not be left in the hand of any how person. The Chief of Staff has not told me he wants to run for the governorship but if he does signify, I will support him.

“Uche Nwosu is hardworking and never gets tired. He is a very humble young man; not proud; not arrogant. So, Power won’t enter his head. Despite the position he occupies, you can’t see him quarrelling or maltreating anybody. He does not segregate against anybody. I have checked him in and out and I have not found him wanting.”

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2019: ‘Tinubu Looks Like Somebody Crying More Than The Bereaved,’ Says Okorocha

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that his endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term of four years in office doesn’t translate to evading party primaries.

Recall that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had stated that all candidates interested in the party’s ticket would go through the due process of party primaries. “No governor can appropriate the power of endorsement to himself. Buhari is a believer in due process,” he said.

However, Okorocha, in his response said the governors have the constitutional right to adopt any candidate for president without recourse to Tinubu.

The Imo Governor said this after he was conferred with honorary Doctor of Letter by the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), at the weekend.

According to him, “The statement credited to our National Leader came to me as a surprise.

His words: “Come to think of it, I never referred to him. I refer to the governors of Nigeria, including the PDP and, I said only one or two of them have not joined yet. “Since I made the statement, no governor has said something contrary to what I said. I am surprised that Asiwaju will now be speaking for the governors. He looks like somebody crying more than the bereaved. I did not see any reason for the statement actually.

“But he commands my respect and I don’t want to join issue with the National Leader of my party. “What I mentioned was for the governors and secondly what I said is support. The word I used is support; that does not mean there will not be primaries. Governors can only contribute 37 votes; we still have over 5,000 votes up there. What I was talking about was for governors. I was not talking about other party members.”

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