By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
Amidst allegations that the Imo State Government is run as a family government by Governor Rochas Okorocha, the governor has said that it was not true as claimed by some elites in the state.
He said by his good governance, more than 4,000 children have gone to university through the Rochas Foundation and more than 15,000 of such children are also in the various colleges of the foundation.
According to him, some of them who upon graduation chose to be with him, could remain with him, adding that if any of such children become anything under him, they would say he or she is a member of Rochas family and he does not deny that, since his ambition in life is to see people grow through him.
Governor Okorocha spoke when more than five thousand members of the ROCHAS MANDATE MOVEMENT held solidarity rally for him in Owerri, on Friday December 15, 2017, stated that those who never offered the people of the state leadership when they held sway but only shared the people’s resources would never come back to power.
He said, Uche Nwosu who is from Nkwerre Local Government Area and Prince Eze Madumere, from Mbaitoli LGA are all counted today as members of his family because they have grown to prominence but when they took those steps of faith no one counted them as members of my family adding that he has done the state and her people proud with his monumental achievements.
Governor Rochas Okorocha also reiterated that he would neither run for Senate nor for the President in 2019, but would be keen in who succeeds him and who can sustain the tempo of the achievements recorded by his administration, thereby resisting the pressure from some quarters to run for Senate since he had at different fora said he won’t run for the Office of President in 2019 because of President Muhammadu Buhari.
His words, “The people I see here are people who are committed. People that are following me not because of what they could gain from me, but because of what we have done for the world. As it stands, come 2019, I’m contesting for nothing. But in my heart, I have searched out and resolved that one man has good thoughts about Nigeria in his heart. Secondly, the possibility of leadership will easily get to the Igbos after him. That man is President Muhammadu Buhari”.
He added “My coming as a leader in Imo State was by your efforts. No big political bigwig supported me and in my stride, I have brought sitting Heads of states of other countries to Imo State”.
In her speech, the Coordinator of the group and Supervisory Commissioner for the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment, Mrs. Ogechi Ololo said the Movement will be poised to ensure that someone with the passion to develop the state like the governor will govern the state in 2019, adding that Imo people will not afford cock and bull stories with free education, urban renewal and so on.