By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, disturbed by the apology
recently tendered to the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Arch-Diocese,
His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Obinna, by the National chairman of
the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr Adams Oshiomhole, to
discredit him, Okorocha, the governor said he holds the Arch-Bishop in
very high esteem.
According to the governor, he had nothing wrong against the
Arch-Bishop other than he had been having disagreements with the
successive administrations in the state.
The governor, in an official statement issued by the office of his
chief press secretary in Owerri, Wednesday noted that the Arch-Bishop
being a go between God and man had expected all round perfection in
the governance of the state.
He believed that such all round perfection could only be in heaven and
not in this world as no man can be adjudged to be perfect.
Governor Okorocha, however denied the allegation by the APC National
Chairman, that he, Rochas was in loggerheads with the Arch-Bishop and
the catholic church.
It would be recalled that recently the National chairman of the APC,
Mr. Adams Oshiomhole had no behalf of the party tendered apology to
the Arch-Bishop and the catholic church for the “sins” of Governor
Okorocha against God and the people of the state.
Governor Okorocha, however dismissed the chairman’s apology to the
catholic church describing it as a “deliberate blackmail against him.
He insisted that he had no issues with the church, but has held the
Arch-Bishop in high esteem.
However in their own opinion some notable Imo people spoken with
condemned the style of governance of the governor, saying that Imo
people suffered more in the hand of the present administration of
governor Rochas Okorocha, than in the past administration that handed
over to him, Okorocha.
According to them, what is more sinful than short paying the state
public and civil servants and also not even paying pensioners at all.
Chief Robert Amadi Nna, a retired in his own comment, said that the
National chairman of APC, Oshiomhole, was right in his observation,
pointing out that a lot of pensioners died without getting their
pensions and gratuities from the government.
According to him, this is worst sin against God and humanity.
Also bearing her minds, chief Mrs Cordelia Akunne Njaba a retiree,
said that they are owed up to three years pension owners, and asked
where has the money gone to, why can’t government pay them.