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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2019: ‘No Better President For Nigeria Than Buhari,’ Says Okorocha

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has expressed support for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha described President Buhari as a man that possess the strength of character to lead Nigeria at this moment of history.

His words: “I am a believer in Buhari and I made it clear years ago that if he is running for president I will not run.  

“There is no better president for Nigeria now other than President Buhari.  He might not be the best president for Nigeria in 2023 or 2027, but for the Nigeria of today, he is the right man for the job.  His fight against corruption takes an unusual character to execute.  His style to end terrorism in the North East is again something that requires his personal character.

“Nigeria has come out of recession in the shortest period recorded in history and this is a testament to Buhari’s tenacity.  And since I have resolved with my political family to shelve my ambition and support Buhari, I want to appeal to others to show such support to him.”

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No Automatic Ticket For Buhari In 2019, Says Okorocha

Imo State Governor and Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has said that All Progressives Congress (APC), will strive to ensure that there is no imposition of candidates in the presidential primaries leading to the 2019 general election.

Okorocha disclosed this on Thursday while briefing State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock villa.

Okorocha says if President Muhammadu Buhari intends to contest for the 2019 APC presidential ticket , he must emerge through a transparent and democratic process.

He believes that despite the influx of opposition PDP members into the APC fold, his party has performed well and is focused on its agenda of delivering good governance.

 

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2019: ‘I’ve Not Dropped My Ambition To Become President’ – Okorocha

Ahead of the 2019 Presidential election, Imo State Governor, Rochas Anayo Okorocha, has declared interest to contest the presidential seat.

In an exclusive interview with Sunday Sun, Okorocha stated that he hasn’t dropped his presidential ambition but “only respecting the gentleman called President Muhammadu Buhari who I think has what it takes to change leadership in this country.”

According to him, should President Buhari to declare to run in 2019, he has no choice but to support him.

His words: “I have so many windows open in 2019 as I wait for Mr. President to make his declaration, I want to be politically relevant and I have made the decision never to watch my country sink.

“We have a faulty foundation and I see President Buhari as that man who can build the foundation that we need. But I don’t see him as someone who will build this nation with a fantastic finishing with nice furniture. He’s just going to build a solid foundation upon which success and prosperity for the land shall be accomplished. And that’s where people like me would come in.”

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Okorocha And The N650m Pension Thieves, By Kenneth Uwadi

The bar clock ticked. Jane stubbed out her cigarette, lit another and dropped the pack on the table. I stared at her. She had a perpetual smile which never reached her glassy, expressionless eyes. On my left was Sunny. I still have not worked out why he is so attached to her though he has told me she could cook. She smokes like mad. Here she is, scattering cigarette ash on the floor in spite of the ring of ash trays around us. She was on her third bottle of beer, Heineken of course. Unlike her, Sunny is a non smoker and a non drinker but he loves fruit juice. Although he is in his fifties, he kept himself in a nice trim. He is tall and lean. We were having a good time in Owerri. Bills were not on me. Wink!

Looking up, I saw “Hamper’’. That is his Nickname.  He was seated four tables away from ours. Hamper is a  young man in his forties . He was putting on short sleeves, a hat and a nice trouser and was busy with his phones. His fat face was expressionless and on his table was a can of beer. He looked harmless though he has grown pot belle. I was told  that the Governor of Imo State mentioned him in a N650M pension scam and claimed to have him and his accomplices  arrested. He has been in the Pension Board in Imo for the past 10 years.

You see, I have always told you how big men and women are stealing millions upon millions of  Imo state  monies. Like Fela Kuti I have exposed some evils in government dealings in Imo. I have called some persons ‘ITT -International Thief, Thief’’, “VIP -Vagabonds in Power’’.  I  cry out  because In the midst of oil money, Imo  working masses live in abject poverty. The majority of Imolites are kept in unstable and difficult conditions while a tiny fraction have exclusive access to things and comforts of life.

Sven Johnson once wrote “before you speak, your intentions must pass through portals three, one of each kind in letters bold to see: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? “This saying has been attributed to Buddha.  Though claimed as been one of the sayings of Buddha, there is no documentary evidence to support this.  Some say it was first formulated by Rumi, the 13th century Persian mystic. Still there is lack of documentary evidence.

Some say it came from Abraham Lincoln. But in all, it was Mary Ann Pietzker who made the saying popular in 1872 in her book “Miscellaneous Poems’’ But I have my  own ideas about this. For me, things I say must be true and necessary. I don’t care if they are unkind. I have put myself in jeopardy several times due to things I say. There are times, though, when a person must be willing to put himself in jeopardy with others in other to give of himself, whether it is to another person or to an animal. And because he is willing to take this on in order to give a service of love, he receives God’s protection.

Recently, a few highly placed civil servants and some government officials between themselves and their accomplices tried to steal over N650m of pension funds in Imo. Unfortunately for this set of looters, their case was made public by the governor of Imo. Like late Fela Kuti’s song in one of his radical albums, Imolites continue to remain “original suffer head” while the cabals  continue to steal our money.

We were told how they discovered six hundred and fifty million naira, pension cheque fraud and that  some persons had been arrested in connection with the fraud. We all know that this talk of arresting persons over pension fund fraud by the Okorocha’s administration  is just a ruse. The governor  does not only permit corruption, he  encourages and even glorifies it. Hamper who was mentioned in the scam is already in Ibari Ogwa Village, Owerri  having a good time. So also are others.

In  2013, I exposed pension scam in Imo. I pointed out that the primary reason for the embarrassing state of absurdity as per pensioners  in our State was a  “profit first” capitalist aide of the  Governor .He had a gang of pension thieves at the Pension Board. I spoke of how they  looted 1billion naira pension funds in the State when he was the Board Chairman. That year, I condemned in strong terms the insensitivity to the plights of pensioners in the state. I mentioned his name and sent copies of my discoveries to the Governor.Fortunately for this man, his matter was not investigated and he was rewarded with the number three position in the state.

It was because of same man that Commercial banks operating in Imo State shut their doors against their customers for some days. I exposed how when he was the Special Adviser to the Governor on Internal Revenue Generation (IGR), he  collected millions of naira from commercial banks in the state as tax but diverted the monies into his own  pocket. The State government later demanded the same tax that he had  collected from the banks  and the banks had to go on strike for excessive taxation.

When I made these revelations, Okorocha’s  praise singers and professional spin doctors called me all sort of names . Now in September 2017, the Imo State Governor claimed  he  handed over some Pension Board staff to the Personnel of Directorate of Security Services (DSS) over monumental fraud dictated in pension cheques amounting to N650 million naira. Who is fooling who? He should start his investigation and  arrest with the man I exposed in 2013. Former  Senate President, David Mark, once  placed a curse on some pension thieves.

Early in 2014, at the commencement of a probe into pension funds administration by the Senate, Mr. Mark declared that “pension fund administrators pilfering funds meant to pay pensioners are accumulating “blood money.” He lamented that many people had gotten rich on “blood money while pensioners were left suffering and dying. He declared, “for any living human being to have stolen the money of those who have laboured for this country, I think it is only God who can decide their fate.” “But, as human beings, we have just made our recommendations and hope that the Almighty God will see them to hell,” Mr. Mark concluded.  Like David Mark I share the anguish and anger of the ordinary Imolites against this kind of capitalist looting. To me even the stoning of persons that stole money belonging to pensioners would not be sufficient to compensate the affected pensioners, if on retirement they could not receive their pensions. Many pensioners have died in Imo after years of waiting for their pensions. When they were  paid little percentage recently, the amount was too small.

The greatest mistake, the brunt of which the people of Imo  had to bear was , no doubt, the voting of the present corrupt and duplicitous government of Okorocha. I say so because of the administration’s clumsiness in handling our affairs .We will never forget the governor’s tenure of nothingness, the years of embezzlement, the reign of misplacement of priorities, the rule of ineptitude, the term of enthronement of cronyism, the period of crass nepotism, the era of corruption. A government  that destroyed  the houses and businesses of the citizens without compensation. A government that could not conduct council election.

A government  of thieves and without plans or focus. Do you want to tell me that a Governor with focus will take 14 days  just to celebrate his 55th birthday? He even gave N5.5M of Imo money to a Facebook blogger  from Afikpo  just to play “betnaija’’ with Ndi Imo.  I still don’t understand the fanfare currently going in the name of  55th  birthday celebration  and stagnant performance in office. Sidney Barima once   cried ‘ Our money, wonna money eh , Africa money eh, Oga dey chop am fuga fuga. E dey steal am nyaga nyaga’ .

-Kenneth Uwadi writes from Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State and can be reached via 08037982714

 

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Okorocha Bars Vanguard, THISDAY From Covering Govt Activities

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has allegedly banned the Correspondents of THISDAY and Vanguard Newspapers, Amby Uneze and Chidi Nkwopara, from covering government house activities.

According to a report in Thisday newspaper, the governor did not give any reason for his action other than that the said correspondents do not like him.

He was also alleged to have declared the correspondents as enemies of government for not writing favourable reports to suit his bidding.

 

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Okorocha Dismisses Rumour About Son’s Death, Says ‘Young Engineer Is Doing Well’

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has described those spreading rumour about his son’s death as agents of Satan.

Recall that the social media was overwhelmed with report that the governor’s son, Ahamefula Brendan Rocha, had died at The Royal London Hospital located at White chapel Road.

Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, however said that: “The young engineer is doing very well in his profession.

“How could anybody ever wish his fellow human dead?

“This is strange and we all should discourage this kind of insinuation.’’

According to Okorocha, the false report on the death of his son is coming only two weeks after the relocation of the market.

“God is the giver of life and nobody can determine how God does his things.

“The general public should disregard such report,” he said.

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Cabinet Reshuffle Long Overdue, Says Okorocha

The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has responded to claims that the federal executive cabinet is due for reshuffle.

Okorocha said this when he featured on a programme on Channels Television.

While responding to questions on the television programme, he expressed his excitement over President Buhari’s return to the country after months of medical vacation in London.

“It is true that while he was away Nigerians were full of expectation but thank God we had a very very wonderful vice-president who filled in the gap so there was no vacuum as to when the president was away but what is important now is that you must know that being the president, being the commander in chief, Nigerians are expecting something g new really really fast,” he said.

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PDP Not A Threat To APC, Says Okorocha

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha on Thursday dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as no threat to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“PDP is a non issue; we don’t even care about that. We defeated them when they were in power, so what is different when we are now in power?”

Okorocha, who is also APC Governors Forum Chairman, spoke after he led his colleagues to a meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical vacation is not stopping the ruling party from holding its convention.

According to him, the party was still trying to put its house in order before the convention can take place.

He said: “We came to discuss issues relating to our party and our government and how to move our party forward.

“We discussed a lot of issues on how to move the party forward, how to strengthen the party and how to make sure our party remains victorious in all elections. Very soon we will have a convention. That is part of the things we are discussing.

“The convention not taking place has nothing to do with the absence of the President or the Acting President. We are just putting our house in order and making sure things are in the right form before we kick off.

 

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