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Okorocha Endorses Business Mogul, Idiga For Orlu Senatorial Zone, Slams Sen. Hope Uzodinma.

Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

In a bid to ensure that his new party (All Progressives Congress) APC completely takes over the political structure of Imo State in the next dispensation, Governor Rochas Okorocha has endorsed business mogul, Chief Felix  Idiga  for the Orlu Senatorial seat come 2015.


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State

Orlu senatorial seat is currently being occupied by senator Hope Uzodinma, of the peoples democratic party PDP, and is also the senatorial district of Governor Okorocha.

African Examinergathered that the recent endorsement of the business tycoon by the governor, has forced Secretary to the Imo State government, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, who was initially nursing similar ambition to shelve it.

Only recently, at a public forum the Imo state scribe, had openly stepped down his much touted senatorial ambition, to enable Chief Idiga clinch the seat.

Chief Idiga, will be doing battle with the incumbent senator representing the zone, Chief Hope Uzodinma, member representing Ideato State Constituency, Mrs. Eudora Igwe (Okwesilieze) as well as many others, who are also interested in the seat at the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Speaking Monday during the grand finale of Chief Idiga’s empowerment scheme at Amaifeke, Orlu, Governor Okorocha described Chief Idiga as a genuine businessman who has used his wealth to attract developmental projects to every nook and cranny of Imo State.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Sir Jude Ejiogu, the Governor, said, “It’s important we acknowledge our sons that are genuine.  There are too many fakes who use government offices to cover up. We must not allow such people to continue.”

“Idiga, has used his personal money to develop Orlu, Oguta, Mbaise, Emekuku, Mbano, name them. If he can do much using his private resources, you can imagine what will happen when he represents you. You have to ensure absolute freedom by supporting him.

“He is the kind of people Orlu people will send to the Senate to be able to get their due share from the federal government, not those who will use your money to buy Range Rover Jeeps for big men while those who voted them into office continue to wallow in poverty”.

In his remarks, at the event, the SSG, who was former Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University (IMSU), said he decided to drop his ambition to enable a more capable person represent the zone.

According to Prof. Anwukah, as a private person, Chief Idiga had outclassed most elected representatives in terms of providing infrastructural development.

“But, some of our brothers are in Abuja, collecting our money without working for us. We definitely need a change because a bad man is a bad man any day”.

In his speech, Chief Idiga said he had attracted over 50 roads and electricity projects to the state especially, Orlu Zone.

He regretted that most of those roads had been claimed in the papers by some Abuja-based politicians as their achievements in the last three years.

Apparently alluding to Senator Hope Uzodinma, Chief Idiga said I’m a genuine businessman. I fought hard for every thing I have.    “We’re not coming to dash our people dollars, but we’re coming to help them make the dollars. If God helps us, our children will be source of livelihood for their parents”.

Chief Idiga who had been empowering thousands of the people of the zone through his foundation, called  JAFAC, stated that, the essence was not political, but to assist in reducing poverty in the land.

Source: African Examiner.

Okorocha Tears APC Apart in Imo, Pioneer ACN Members Set To Dump APC En-Mass for PDP.


Pioneer members of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Imo State, led by former Governor, Chief Achike Udenwa, are now making serous moves to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state (L) and former governor Chief Achike Udenwa

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state (L) and former governor Chief Achike Udenwa

The development followed their alleged marginalization by Governor Rochas Okorocha of the state who joined the party from the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

Governor Okorocha is the chairman of the Progressive Governors, which comprises the APC governors and their 5 PDP decampees governors

The aggrieved members also include those of the merging political parties such as ANPP and CPC.

African Examiner gathered that the meeting of the old fellows of the ACN held on Saturday at the home of a member of the state assembly representing Njaba constituency, Hon. Chino Kevin Obioha was aimed at fine tuning their defection to PDP.

One of the aggrieved members who do not want his name published told our correspondent that “plans are on top gear for members of former ACN led by the former governor of the state, Chief Achike Udenwa, to leave the party for a new party where we would be made to feel at home.”

But in his remarks at the meeting, coordinating chairman of the defunct ACN in the state, Ichie Ray Marshal Ezihe told the members of the old party not to rush out of the APC pending the determination of the suit against Governor Okorocha, regarding his status in the party.

He told them that they would move in a group to any other party when the time comes in order to protect their interests, adding that their movement must be determined by leaders such as Chief Udenwa, Hon. Obioha, Capt. Lambert Iheanacho (rtd) and others.

Chief Ezihe lamented that the pioneer members of the APC were made irrelevant in the party, resulting to Governor Okorocha’s men taking over every available position in both state and local government levels.

African Examiner findings also reveal that another major reason for the planned mass exodus was the recent alleged marginalization meted to the former governor and his camp in the reconstitution of the state expanded executive council of the party.

It was gathered that prior to that reconstitution, Chief Udenwa with Chief Mike Ahamba and Okorocha had negotiated on the way forward for the new party, APC.

The negotiation, it was learnt, was to give all sides a sense of belonging by ceding certain positions to them.

But, the governor was said to have shunned the agreement and appointed his loyalists in his cabinet without any known loyalists of the former governor.

However, as it stands now, the ACN members have become the beautiful bride of other parties in the state.

A chieftain of one of the political parties in the state, who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that discussion between president Goodluck Jonathan, and  Udenwa has reached advance stage, over the possible return of the former governor and his supporters to the ruling PDP.

Source: African Examiner.

I Have No Skeleton In My Cupboard –Okorocha Says, Despite Proves of His Evils, Abnegates All.


Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha was in one of his best elements at the weekend when he bared his mind to media executives during a supposed breakfast session held in Government House, Owerri.
In an interactive session with Members of the Independent Newspapers Publishers Association, INPA, Okorocha made starting revelations about his administration that has crossed midway of the four years.
The Imo State Government disclosed that contrary to insinuations and negative publicity from newsmen, he is determined to take the state to greater heights adding that his government is open for accessibility since he has nothing to hide.
According to Okorocha, “There is nothing to hide in my administration. I run an open government as you can see. That place you people saw is where my office is located. I take decisions there in the open. I have no skeleton in my cupboard and there is nothing to hide”.
Addressing the owners and publishers of Owerri based private print media outfits, Okorocha while soliciting for proper and investigative journalism gave kudos to the local operators for making the state the only one in the country where local tabloids flourish.
On his testimony since 2011, Okorocha said that he has so far delivered on his mandate if his achievements are anything to go by. According to him, his massive road construction projects, free education at all levels, building of 27 general hospitals across the state and infrastructure renewal is second to none, stating that he ranks high among his predecessors in terms of giving the state a facelift. While enjoining newsmen to be objective and constructive in their reports, Okorocha requested that where he has also excelled should get vintage positions in their medium. He further expressed that his choice of one of the Owerri-based publishers as his new Senior Special Assistant on Media, is not only designed to carry the media along but also to solicit the partnership of the Independent Newspaper Association members.
The event offered the Governor the opportunity to explain reasons why he dumped APGA for APC adding that the massive defection of elective and non electives politicians from other parties to APC vindicates his earlier action.
“I saw it from afar. I saw it yesterday that APC will be the people’s choice to take away power from PDP. “PDP has no future for Ndi Igbo and we have nothing in PDP. But in APC there is something for us. You can see I am the Chairman of progressive governors”, he added.
Okorocha who did not mention anything about his future political ambition or elective designation in 2015, however, opined that the coast is clearer for him now. “I saw it yesterday, from what is happening in out polity the coast is clearer for me now”.
The Governor who expressed dismay over negative reports about his regime denied ever building a mosque near the Government House gate.
Said he; a newspaper wrote that I am building a mosque. It is not true. The building you see near the Christmas village, on (Govt House road) is a shop, a kind of shopping mall for certain unique accessories. According to him, those spreading the rumour of the mosque in Owerri are purveyors of falsehood.
On the recent bank strike in the state, Okorocha blamed the defaulting bankers especially, the Bankers Forum in Owerri, led by one Ray Ahumibe for the closure. While stating that the action of government was based on court action, the governor berated the bankers’ body for engaging in unprofessional approach to the issue. Okorocha however disclosed that he would ask Imo people to drag the defaulting banks to court and claim damages for the days it shut down its offices.
“They came here and in the course of interaction, I discovered that the Bankers body that caused the strike is an illegal body that is not registered. Just a forum for bankers. I can write to CBN to sanction the banks and ask Imo people to drag them to court and seek N20b damages”.
Meanwhile the official pictures of all the Governors that ruled Imo State, both those of the Military era and Civilian are conspicuously missing from the seat of Government, Douglas House, Owerri.
This strange discovery was made recently when Independent Newspaper Publishers Association, Imo State paid a visit to the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
Although there was a great face lift in the premises of Imo Government, the absence of the pictures of these past leaders from the usual points they used to be at the Government House, was a big over-sight to the present occupants of the Douglas House.
Apart from the pictures of the incumbent Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, and that of the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, there were no other official pictures in the seat of power.
Previously before now, the pictures of all those who ruled Imo State, right from “Commander” Ndubisi Kalu, were officially hung at strategic points in the Government House Owerri.
Such places were the Multipurpose Hall, the State Executive Council Chamber and the official living room of the Governor.
Apart from the Military Governors, Imo State had had four elected Governors before the incumbent Owelle Rochas Okorocha. They were Dr Sam Mbakwe, Senator Evan Enwerem, Dr Achike Udenwa and Chief Ikedi Ohakim.
During the regimes of Mbakwe, all the pictures of the past Military Administrators donned the walls of the Multipurpose Hall and Exco Chamber.
When Senator Enwerem assumed office, he retained the pictures and added that of Mbakwe on the wall.
Therefore, when Achike Udenwa came into office, it became his responsibility to hang the picture of his predecessor to the list, Senator Evan Enwerem, which he did.
In the same vein, Ohakim put that of Udenwa on that rare list of honour.
But unfortunately, since nearly three years now Governor Rochas Okorocha assumed office, the ritual changed as none of the pictures could be traced any where, except that of the Governor, and the incumbent President.
A source from Government House who spoke to Trumpeta on anonymity said the action was not deliberate as the pictures were removed temporarily due to the massive reconstruction going on in the premises.
Asked why that of President Jonathan and Okorocha were hung, while that of former Governors were removed, despite the reconstructions, the source said the pictures will soon be placed in their usual places.
Reminded that the constructions going on at the Douglas House have concluded over a year ago, and yet the pictures were yet to return to their former historical positions, Trumpeta was told that the pictures will soon grace their positions the moment the constructions were over.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Bribery and Corruption Disguise, Okorocha commends Imo NUJ for Under-reporting of Atrocities in the State.

Imo tears

Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has commended journalists in Imo for being objective in the reportage of events and issues since the inception of the current administration in the state.Governor Okorocha gave the pass mark at the 2013 NUJ Press Week held at the NUJ Press Centre Owerri.He described journalists as vehicles of information dissemination and advised them to embrace objectivity and fairness in the discharge of their duty.According to him the government is appreciative of constructive criticisms as it provides the administration the opportunity to take more positive decisions in governance which is manifest in the array of developmental programmes and projects of the administration.The Governor recalled that his predecessor had N4 billion taken away from the state coffers each year as security vote whereas the total school fees of all Imo students was not up to N1 billion, adding that it was upon the recognition of that fact that he decided to sacrifice his security vote to ensure that the children of the poorest of the poor could go to school through the provision of free and comprehensive education from primary to tertiary education.He further revealed that before the inception of the Rescue Mission government, the Imo State University(IMSU) was near collapse as the institution had borrowed up to N1.8 billion from Diamond Bank which his administration paid off and equally increased the subvention of the school.Okorocha enumerated some landmark achievements made by his government to include the massive road transformation in the state, the rehabilitation of Imo Palm Plantation and Concord Hotel, the development of Orlu and Okigwe into modern cities as well as development of other new cities.Other infrastructural projects, include, the 27 New General Hospitals, the 305 highrise primary schools, the International Conference Centre, the Odenigbo Guest Houses, the Heroes Square,

Ikemba Ojukwu Centre, Heroes Apartment, the Imo Traditional Council, among others.Earlier, the Chairman of the day’s occasion and the member representing Ideato Federal Constituency, Dr Eddie Mbadiwe, said the ceremony was to strengthen the fact that the Press is essential in the development of any nation and urged members of NUJ never to compromise their jobs but remain focused as watchdog of the society.In his address of welcome, the state chairman of NUJ, Sir Innocent Igwe said the Press week is a time set aside to review the activities of the union in the State and proffer critical solution where necessary to ensure that journalists carry out their constitutional duties uninhibited.The event was witnessed by notable politicians from the state and beyond while the highlight featured presentation of Grand Patron Award on His Excellency, Governor Okorocha for his exemplary leadership and passionate concern for others.


Source: Radio Biafra.

Okorocha gets more Islamisation powers from APC as Elected Chairman Of Progressive Governors Forum.


All Progressives Congress (APC) governors under the aegis of Progressive Governors Forum have unanimously adopted Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State as their chairman.The choice of Okorocha as chairman of the PGF was contained in a statement by the Director-General of the Forum, Salihu Lukman, in Abuja on Friday.The Imo State governor would be in the saddle in an interim capacity for about six months.The statement said the election of Gov. Okorocha was in furtherance of the commitment of the 16 progressive governors to strengthen democratic governance structures in the country with the overriding goal of rescuing Nigeria and facilitating the emergence of accountable leadership at all levels by the APC.“Okorocha would provide leadership to PGF to realise the collective vision of the progressive governors to engender expeditiously exemplary human development programmes and policies in all APC states” the statement read.It added that “Considering how consistently the PDP has attacked the foundations of our democracy, and the subsequent erosion of Nigerians’ hard-won freedom, the PGF under Okorocha’s leadership, pledges to mobilise citizens towards expanding and deepening democratic structures by focusing on initiatives to guarantee the development of participatory governance structures as well as the guarantee of transparent, credible elections and the results reflect the votes of the Nigerian people.“We urge Nigerians to support the initiatives of our Progressive Governors under the leadership of Rochas Okorocha; Nigeria will be great again”, the statement concluded.

by: daniel

Source: Radio Biafra.

Islamic agent of Igboland Gov Okorocha PDP has no plan for Igbos.


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State recently held a media chat with some journalists in the state. He shed light on many state and national issues. Excerpts:

What would be your next political ambition come 2015, are ypou going for re-election as governor or aspiring for the presidency?
Let me make this point clear that I’m a member of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA); that is my party there is no controversy about it. APGA still remains my cultural party because for an Igbo man, APGA represents a way of life, but it is not a national political party. If you may recall APGA became divided. One APGA looked towards the side of PDP and the other that I was a member looked towards APC. I was in APGA as political party but now I am in APC and for one reason if you may recall Action Congress of Nigeria ACN, Congress for Progressive Change CPC, All Nigeria Peoples Party ANPP were a regional party, and all these parties came together to form a national party to challenge PDP.
So it would sound very phony to have APGA as a regional party when others have merged for a common purpose. So the wisest thing do was to merge with

APC and the remaining APGA are in PDP.
For me APC is good for the South East because from the way political equation is structured in Nigeria, it doesn’t appear to me that PDP has any plan for Ndi Igbo. For instance, none of the positions of the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, was allotted to the South East by the PDP. As I said earlier, the best thing is to join the APC to remedy the imbalance in future. It is only wise to say that South East is better off in APC because there’s no way the positions would elude the zone if APC finds itself in government. Again PDP has never had any stiff opposition. This is the only time we have a formidable opposition in the country. And I am confident that come 2015 APC will take the day.
Asking for my political ambition in 2015, you may wish to recollect that I was once a presidential aspirant and came second in the primary that produced the late President Umaru Musa Yar’dua. So I am not a new person in the presidential race of this country. Actually I need your advice on what to do.
Today, among all presidential aspirants, I am still a force to be reckoned with. I have a strong passion for my Imo people and my vision is of a national capacity.
Why are still not a registered member of APC, have you been refused your formal registration?
I am one of the founding members of the APC and it is not true that I have been refused registration in a party that I am a leader. It is mere speculation. Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN) who is one of those saying that I have not been registered with the APC was a member of merging parties. But the issue is that we in APC have not started registration yet but that may commence before the end of the year because. For now all the structures for registration are in place.
Since your party has not yet zoned the presidency to any region in the country, what does it portend for the Igbos?
Let me again say that our party APC has not zoned the presidency to anybody and does not believe in zoning; we believe that anybody that has something upstairs irrespective of zone rules this country because zoning does not rule a country. Zoning has rather produced mediocrity.
I think we have come of age when men must be elected into offices purely on their individual merits instead of laying undue emphasis on where they come from.
Since the committee that probed your predecessor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim submitted its report nothing has been heard of it. Does it mean that your government has abandoned the project?
That is something that Nigerians should ask questions about. I have made my report to EFCC to inform them about the N67 billion in question which is missing in the state coffers. But it looks like people who are assumed to be having relationship with the presidency cannot be probed. There have been so many cases of such bordering on many individuals in the country but because of their relationship with the presidency both the EFCC and the ICPC have to stay clear.
There is no reason my predecessor should not have been called to question on how he used the state funds. I can authoritatively state that there is no single structure anywhere in this state which my immediate predecessor will say that he did with tax payers’ money. But even at this the EFCC has continued to harass officials of my administration with invitations to answer one allegations that are baseless. I think we have done our job and what is left now is to take it to the people’s court. I do not have the organ to prosecute anybody and it is as a result of this that we have established our own organ known as Imo State Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which of course is in the pipelines and when we have it, we will be able to act.
Very soon, the nation would be celebrating her Centenary following the 1914 historic amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern protectorates. What is your reaction?
Our strength lies in our market and in our population. I do not support isolated calls for division or disintegration because to me, this is a “no go area” whether Nigeria should be or not to be. I congratulate Nigerians on the forth coming Centenary celebration.
Every nation on earth has its problems and so Nigeria cannot be in isolation. Therefore the call for disintegration is neither here nor there. We are building something here in the state in commemoration of the 2014 Centenary.
What is your reaction to the just conducted Anambra State governorship election?
It is a monumental shock to Nigerians because even a goat noticed the glaring irregularities that trailed the polls and which even INEC shamelessly admitted. The elections in Anambra and Delta states are eye openers because this nation should not be ran in this manner at all. INEC officials were arrested and locked up in Imo. The police, INEC and the PDP all combined to perpetrate unprecedented electoral fraud and the slogan has always been “get the result, write it and announce it and let them go to court”. Look at what happened in the Oguta re run election in the state.
With the defeat of the APC in Anambra, there are speculations that you might abandon the APC for another party?
I am not a respecter of party but a respecter of vision. I have critically examined the structure of the PDP and I want to let us know that in the next 20 years Nigeria will be in bondage if PDP retains power. If I am given the opportunity to rule this country I will transform it in just two years. My journey to APC is because of the way PDP is structured and no young man will ever survive in PDP.
Everybody is tired of PDP and the APC is the only way to go and I will stand for justice and fairness wherever I go.

 Source: Radio Biafra.

As Corruption Deepens, EFCC Chases Rat In Imo State By Peter Claver Oparah.

By Peter Claver Oparah

Last week, Transparency International, the global anti-corruption watchdog released its ranking of world corruption index among countries. Nigeria was ranked the 25th most corrupt nation on earth.

This was a drop from the 27th position it occupied at the last ranking. To most Nigerians who are living witnesses and victims to the pervasive culture of corruption which has, under the Jonathan regime, been elevated to directive principle of state policy, this was a conservative rating and a flattering of a system that now rests solely on corruption. It is trite saying that corruption has completely overwhelmed the country as no day passes without stories of mind boggling corruption reported in all the sectors of the country’s governance.

From the over N2 trillion fuel subsidy scandal to the looting of the pension fund, from the purloining of the police pension fund to the financial fraud going on in all federal ministries and parastatals, from the gargantuan oil theft scandal, which according to government officials, poses serious threat to the nation’s economy to the sordid details of the cleansing going on in the ant-infested oil industry, from the revelation that N500 billion had been stolen from the ludicrous SURE-P fund to the disclosure by the Customs Director General that the country lost a whopping N603 billion to abuse of import waivers between January and September this year, from the Aviation scandal otherwise known as Oduahgate to the now trending allegation of massive stealing of kerosene subsidy, from the looting of the excess crude account to the emptying of the foreign reserves, it is one long and endless story of bizarre stealing, looting and corruption, which has come to define the face of the Jonathan government.

The audacious plundering has retched up a new breed of novou riche Nigerians, most with no known means of livelihood and some with well known criminal history. These have moved in to buy private jets, acquire massive landed properties and veered off into the new fad, which is ownership of universities. Conversely, Nigerians pass through the worst form of deprivation in the history of the county as life hovers on the barest of levels. The level of want in Nigeria is best captured by a recent World Bank report, which states that about 130 million Nigerians live bellow two dollars a day! This is an incriminating report for a country that had been harvesting unflagging oil boom for the past fourteen years the PDP has been in power. Strange enough, President Goodluck Jonathan, assailed on all fronts by wide scale criticism of his tolerant attitude to corruption, told Nigerians that our greatest problem is not corruption but ethnicism. Even recently, an anti corruption group in Switzerland, Berne Declaration revealed that the NNPC and a group of Nigerian and international oil traders dupe the country in the sale of Nigerian oil. The group revealed that Nigeria was short changed of over $6.8 billion between 2009 and 2011!

One would have expected the overwhelming reports of wholesome looting of the country’s resources to overstretch an anti corruption agency like the EFCC. One would have expected the prison walls to be overstretched by the number of culprits held in respect of these criminal plundering. But not for the present EFCC. No one has been arrested, least of all prosecuted for these mind boggling acts of economic crime. No one is questioned, except when Nigerians rose up with heightened anger to protest the decision of the Jonathan government to pass the cost of the fuel subsidy scam on Nigerians through increased prices of petroleum prices. Jolted by the massive outpouring of Nigerians against such effort, the EFCC said it was going to take in and prosecute the fuel subsidy thieves. It moved in to pick one or two of them and these were quickly released and there the story ended. Of course Nigerians still pay for the prodigality of these thieves through high prices of petroleum products. They were merely rattled and left to continue plying their trade in a mock trial aimed to deceive the long suffering Nigerians. Of the other cases of monumental corruption listed above, the EFCC has not even betrayed any whimper of knowledge, talk not of arresting any person to answer for these infractions. And the sordid plundering continues in reckless and more audacious impunity.

Last week, Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha was to raise an alarm of what he called unrelenting EFCC harassment of the officials of his government. To those conversant with happenings and politics of Imo State, this alarm was long in coming as the EFCC seems to have relocated to Imo State for the sole purpose of harassing, intimidating and distracting the purposeful government in Imo State so as to make the state pliant for the return of the rapacious PDP whose 12 years tenure in Imo governance left the state despoiled, traumatized and prostrate. It is this disheveled story that the Rochas government has boldly been addressing since 2011 when he wrestled the entire armada of the PDP to get to power. Since then, neither the PDP hierarchy, the Jonathan government nor the dislodged mandarins who ate down the state in twelve years have rested in trying to re-launch the good old days of wanton free loading. The PDP, which has been pining and ruing the loss of the feel good days is being commissioned by the presidency, eager to boost its sagging flanks, to launch a warfare in Imo State and the EFCC is the arrowhead of the war. That was the message Okorocha was sending when he raised the alarm and discernible Imo citizens know this fact. They know that EFCC has made it a duty to make ceaseless rounds in Imo State, arresting officials at will based on the many specious and outlandish petitions the moths and rodents that people the state PDP generate against the state government.

Imo State for the nearly three years Okorocha has been in power, has been one of the laudable stories of recovery from the waste laying between 1999 and 2011. All sectors have been targeted in a massive effort to recover the years eaten away by the locusts and the state has picked up its pieces from where Mbakwe left it. 305 brand new model schools are being built all over the state, state pupils in primary, secondary and state owned tertiary institutions are enjoying a historical free education replete with other accompanying accoutrements, all the decayed roads, streets in Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe have been recovered, rebuilt and remodeled while fifteen kilometers of rural roads have been constructed in each of the 27local councils in the state.  Twenty seven modern hospitals are being built in the 27 local councils in the state while all the colonial relics and kitchen lines that formed the face of government buildings for the period the PDP renters wrecked the state, have all given way to modern edifices and structures that compliment a modern civil service. Employment and jobs are being created and filled in through the community councils that targets even and effective distribution of resources to all the communities in the state. These are few of the land breaking features of governance which never existed in Imo for the twelve years the PDP, through such amorphous groups like apex leaders, stakeholders, god fathers, etc despoiled the state ate down the state.

The Imo state chapter of the PDP and its national hierarch are not pleased with the good fortunes of Imo people and that is why they have sworn to ensure that Governor Okorocha does not nick a re-election. It does not matter if they have nothing, just nothing, to advertise as their achievement in power for twelve years while Okorocha has a bountiful harvest to show for his brief tenure at Douglas House. They now live in forging frivolous petitions against the regime and trusting the EFCC which has become the political hatchet dog of the PDP to launch an unending war against the Imo government. They freely boast of this even when they have pending questions of what they did with the twelve years allocation of Imo State still shoveled under EFCC’s bulging carpet. They believe that by 2014, when Governor Okorocha would be standing for re-election, they would have mutilated his achievements and soften the ground for their comeback but they are gravely mistaken for Okorocha is etching his achievements in indelible imprimatur and in the minds of the ordinary Imo man and this will defy the erasing capacity of the minions in PDP. It is instructive that the funding for these nefarious operations in Imo State is from the well heads of corruption that has been opened in the present government, as reported above and which should form the primary business of an EFCC concerned about the culture of corruption that is ravaging the country at present.

I am not against directing the klieglight on those in power and this should be made clear. I however believe that such klieglight should be on real and provable cases of economic crimes-the type being perpetrated under the nose of the EFCC by the federal government, which is threatening to bury Nigeria at present. Since the EFCC started its self-deceitful fancy ride round Imo, it is yet to publish any worthwhile report that indicts any Imo government official and it has not brought any official to prosecution yet it won’t stop and attend to the overwhelming evidences of corruption that mire the PDP federal government because it is a mere hatchet in the hands of PDP. Running rings in Imo where evidence of prudent management of state resources is even obvious in the sheer volume and impact of projects that have been undertaken these past two and half years, is like searching for needle in a haystack. Nigeria is being ran aground by corruption and the EFCC knows this. It is rather preoccupied with chasing rats all round Owerri in deference to the consuming narrow interests of the present PDP government while Nigeria crumbles. We wish them luck but they should remember that whenever the history of the sordid present is compiled, they should expect to be rightly captured on what they did to encourage the rot of the present.

Peter Claver Oparah.
Ikeja, Lagos.


The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

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