I’m Highly Misunderstood In This Country – Okorocha

 

Senator Rochas Okorocha has described himself as the ‘highly misunderstood’ person in Nigeria, owing to the feedback he gets from people who define him from different angles.

Okorocha who is representing Imo West Senatorial district said this on Channels Television programme Newsnight.

The former governor of Imo stressed that since he ruled the state for eight years, no past or present governor is yet to do up to one-tenth of the projects he embarked on.

“I wish you can meet the governor of Imo state (Emeka Ihedioha) and ask that Rochas said what he has done is not up to one-tenth of what I have done, or other governors put together have done.”

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Senator Okorocha boasted that “the first international cargo airport in Imo state, I built it and it was adjudged the best in the country by FAAN.

“I built 30 hospitals, some of them completed, while most are not completed, but they have all the roofs, tiled, except equipping; I built one of the best state high court, the best prison, the best police headquarters

“I know my nature, I am highly misunderstood in this country, and some people define me from different angles. If I do one-tenth of what the governor is doing there, the whole world will hear about it.”

On the rift he had with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, Senator Okorocha said he is yet to know the cause of the rift, stressing that he looks forward to hearing from the APC Chairman.

“If I was told in my dream that I’ll be treated this way, I’d have said it’s not possible. One day, the opportunity may occur that I might hear from Adams what really went wrong because till today I am very much confused as to what went wrong.

“I have tried to make an excuse for him that probably somebody must have gossiped or do something that he believed. Or alternatively, it must be a search for political power or relevance or it would have been who he is.

“But whatever happened in APC was still like a dream to me, because APC had no reason to lose Imo state.”

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Okorocha, insisted that he will not leave the APC and if he will, it is not in his immediate plans because the party is more like a family to him.

‘No One Has Beaten My Record In The History Of Imo State’ – Okorocha

 

Senator Rochas Okorocha says his record as governor of Imo remains unmatched in the history of the state. 

“I built six Universities, four Polytechnics, two Colleges of Education, who has beaten this record in the history of that State,” the lawmaker who was a guest on Channels Television’s Newsnight said.

The former governor further stated that he built one of the best Government Houses in the country.

Okorocha who was bewildered about the turn of events in the state said what happened in the ruling All Progressives Congress is still like a dream to him.

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The parliamentarian stressed that the APC had no reason to lose the gubernatorial election in Imo State.

Speaking on the challenges besetting the nation, Okorocha said there is a need for the nation to look inwards and take some kind of drastic actions to help the grow.

“If we keep doing the same old things in the same old ways, we shall keep getting the same old results,” Okorocha argued.

He further noted that the nation cannot continue to operate as a mono-economy dependent on one source of income.

“Oil has remained our only source of income as a nation and we have not been able to develop the productive sector of our economy which makes us a consuming nation.”

Regarding the security situation across the nation, the lawmaker stated that a nation faced with extreme danger of insecurity and poverty must think of the wisest course of action.

Okorocha was of the opinion that if poverty is tackled properly, then insecurity will not be an issue.

“Anywhere you see a high level of insecurity or crime, look beneath it there is a high level of poverty,” the former governor insisted.

I’m Not Fighting To Be Imo Governor By All Means – Uche Nwosu

Mr Uche Nwosu.

 

 

The preferred Imo State governorship candidate of Senator Rochas Okorocha in the 2019 general elections, Mr Uche Nwosu, says becoming the number one citizen of the state is not a ‘do or die’ affair for him.

Although Nwosu who contested the March 9 poll on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA) wished to be a governor, he stressed that he never opted to achieve his aim at all costs.

“Once the Supreme Court has said ‘this is how it is’, you have to accept it. For me, politics is not do or die affair; politics is give and take,” he said while addressing reporters at the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, the state capital.

“The Supreme Court; they have given their decision. Whether good or bad, I accept it and what matters is Imo State. I am not fighting to be governor of Imo State by all means,” the governorship candidate added.

Senator Okorocha, the immediate past governor of Imo State, had backed Nwosu who is his son-in-law to succeed him in the last elections.

But Nwosu could not get the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a situation which caused disagreement within the party while he defected to the AA to pursue his governorship ambition.

Against the backdrop of heated political activities in Imo, Mr Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged as the people’s choice as he was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

After a series of legal battles, Nwosu promised to support any candidate who emerges victorious at the Election Petition Tribunal case pending at the Supreme Court.

He also noted that the apex court as the APC governorship candidate in the election and called on party faithful to work together for the progress of the state.

The politician said, “The Supreme Court has said it all. The Supreme Court judgement said that I am the candidate of APC. What it means is that another person was foisted on APC. I am the candidate of APC.

“I have forgiven everybody no matter who the person is. From the national chairman, those who came and destroy the APC in the state, I have forgiven them. What we need is to move ahead, we are brothers and sisters and there must be peace.”

APC Lifts Suspension On Okorocha, Amosun, Akeredolu, Others

Rochas Okorocha      Ibikunle Amosun         Uguru Usani                  Osita Okechukwu      Rotimi Akeredolu

 

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lifted the suspension on Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, as well as Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Senator Rochas Okorocha.

It also lifted the suspension on Osita Okechukwu and Pastor Uguru Usani.

The National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, announce this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Monday.

He explained that the APC National Working Committee (NWC) took the decision in line with the party’s deliberate policy of fairness and actions targeted at ensuring harmony within the party across the country.

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“Through the suspension, our party has shown the capacity and willingness to implement its own rules and enforce discipline when there is an infraction.

“We have also shown that no individual is above discipline and that the party would always apply equity and justice in the day to day running of the party,” he said.

Issa-Onilu advised the concerned party members to seize the opportunity to fully reconcile themselves with their ward, local government, and state party structures.

He also asked them to key into the party’s activities and continue to make their contributions to the growth and stability of the APC.

“We urge them to also take steps to reconcile with groups and individuals that are important to ensuring a lasting solution to any conflict that may exist in their respective states,” the APC spokesman said.

Appeal Court Affirms Okorocha’s Election As Senator

Okorocha Sets Up 21-Member Transition Committee
A file photo of Senator Rochas Okorocha.

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital has upheld the election of Senator Rochas Okorocha as the lawmaker representing Imo West district.

Justice R. Ada who chaired a panel of judges in the case read the judgement on Thursday.

The court, however, held that the appeals filed by Senator Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Jones Onyereri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lacked merit.

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Both men had challenged the election of the former governor who contested the February 23 election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The appellate court, however, ruled that the judgement of the Election Petitions Tribunal which upheld Senator Okorocha’s election was in order.

It noted that the petitioners were unable to prove their allegations of over-voting, mutilation of electoral results, violence, and the hijacking of electoral officers.

The court added the allegation of declaring the results under duress as claimed by the returning officer in the poll could not be proved.

Imo West: Tribunal Dismisses Petition Challenging Okorocha’s Victory

 

The election petition tribunal has dismissed petitions filed by candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Jones Onyeriri, and that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Osita Izunaso, challenging the victory of Senator Rochas Okorocha in the February 23 National Assembly election for Imo West Senatorial District.

Both parties in the petitions, said that the election for the Imo West Senatorial district was marred by irregularities, including intimidation and violence.

The tribunal however held that the petitioners were unable to prove the allegations.

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Senator Okorocha was issued a certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in June, after months of allegations and counter allegations by INEC and Okorocha.

This followed a judgement by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja who ordered the INEC, to immediately issue the Certificate of Return to Okorocha, on the grounds that Okorocha had been declared the winner of the election, and INEC no longer had any legal authority to withhold a certificate of return due to him.

‘Okorocha Is Suffering From Withdrawal Syndrome’ – Onyeagocha

 

The Secretary to the Imo State Government, Mr Uche Onyeagocha has said that former Governor Rochas Okorocha is finding it difficult to come to terms with the fact that he is no longer governor of the state. 

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Mr Onyeagocha argued that if Okorocha was not still fixated on being at the helm of affairs in Imo State, then he would by now have turned his attention to the development of the zone which he represents in the National Assembly, other than turning all attention to the governorship seat.

He said, “I wish to remind the people of Nigeria that the truth is that former Governor Telbert Okorocha is suffering from withdrawal syndrome. He didn’t contest to be governor of Imo State, if he honestly feels that there is a case to be made out on the issue of the governorship seat of Imo State, he should allow the person who was the candidate to go make out the case by himself.

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“I expect that he is a Senator representing his Zone and that he is not the spokesperson for the candidate of the AA which is Uche Nwosu his son-in-law.

“He still forgets that his tenure as a governor has expired, he wishes he were still a governor”.

Speaking on an allegation that he tore the result sheet of the AA governorship candidate in the last election, Mr Onyeagocha said the truth remains that it was the attorney general of the former governor (Okorocha) who entered the “nolle prosequi” in the charge against him before the magistrate court.

He stressed that there is no tension in Imo, adding that there is normalcy and that the present government has decided to tolerate some measure of lunacy which some individuals are trying to bring upon the State.

Okorocha Reacts To EFCC’s Sealing Of Properties In Imo

 

The former Governor of Imo state Rochas Okorocha has reacted to the sealing of his property, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

According to Special Adviser on Media to Okorocha, in a statement, there was no prior invitation to the Managements of the Colleges and other establishments sealed by the Commission.

He explained that most of these establishments had preceded the governorship of Okorocha.

RELATED: EFCC Seals Rochas Foundation College, Other Properties In Owerri

See full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE

SUBJECT: SEALING OF ROCHAS FOUNDATION COLLEGE OWERRI WITH MORE THAN THREE THOUSAND STUDENTS & OTHER INVESTMENTS, BY AGENTS OF ENUGU OFFICE OF EFCC WITHOUT INVITATION OR INVESTIGATION.

-OBVIOUSLY, THE PDP GOVT. IN IMO INSTIGATED THE ACTION, WITH ALL THE CHIEFTAINS OF THE PARTY WHO FELT POLITICALLY DISPLACED FROM 2011 TO 2019 & GOVERNOR IHEDIOHA LAUNCHING WAR AGAINST SENATOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA, THE FAMILY AND OTHERS, IN THE STATE

  1. On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, as at about 6am, Agents of the Economic & Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, from its Office in Enugu with Hilux buses loaded with armed military and mobile Policemen stormed the Rochas Foundation College Owerri, with more than three thousand students, and most of them, orphans, and sealed the College.
  2. The Commission also sealed the East High College and Academy, Owerri with Uloma Rochas Nwosu as the proprietor, among other investments belonging to the former governor and family which the Commission Sealed.
  3. The action of EFCC with the presence of heavily Armed Military and Police Mobile Personnel frightened the students and most of them began to cry. It was a sympathetic scenario.
  4. What is obvious is that the PDP government in the State with Chief Emeka Ihedioha as governor and all the PDP Chieftains who felt politically displaced from 2011 to 2019 by Rochas Okorocha had come together to launch war against Rochas and his family. And APC members. And that was why they needed INEC to declare their Candidate winner even when he didn’t meet the requirement. Unfortunately, they have instigated certain agencies like EFCC into taking some hasty actions following flood of petitions by them.
  5. Our concern about the action of the EFCC is the approach. There was no prior invitation to the Managements or Proprietors of the Colleges and other establishments sealed by the Commission as expected before such action. To the best of our knowledge too, these Colleges have not been under the investigation of the Commission. We have had the feeling that the Sealing of the Colleges or any other structure as the case maybe, would have been based on the outcome of their investigation in which the managements or the proprietors would have also been interrogated.
  6. Sealing the colleges and other properties because they belong to Rochas Okorocha’s family before investigation is what is difficult for us to comprehend especially when most of these establishments had preceded the governorship of Rochas Okorocha.
  7. The Rochas Foundation Colleges have existed in Imo and in several states of the Federation including Plateau, Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, Oyo, Bauchi and so on, years before Okorocha’s governorship. And the EFCC may also go to those states outside Imo to seal the rest of the Colleges.
  8. What is happening in Imo at the moment is not governance. It is a total war against Rochas and his family, APC members, members of other parties and Opponents. They said they want to make the State uncomfortable for Opponents and they are doing it with recklessness.
  9. It should also not be forgotten that there is a subsisting Court Order to this effect. And we believe that the Commission’s office in Enugu is aware of the Court Order in question as it concerns the Commission and Okorocha’s investments. The EFCC is a highly responsible Institution and our appeal is that it should not be incited against Okorocha and family and should equally take cognizance of the Court Order in question.
  10. Senator Rochas Okorocha and family believe strongly in the State and have relocated most of their businesses to Owerri unlike these PDP bigwigs who do not love the State, with all of them having nothing to show that they have a stake in the State.
  11. We want to appeal to the EFCC to unseal the Colleges and other ventures they had sealed pending the outcome of the investigation they said they have begun. And also considering the stand of the Court of Competent Jurisdiction on the issue.
  12. The students of the Colleges, most of them without parents, cannot be allowed to suffer because of the action of a wicked government in the State. It is not all about Rochas Okorocha and the family, but about humanity and posterity.

Sam Onwuemeodo

Special Adviser (Media) to the former governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha Sworn-In As Senator

Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has been sworn in as Senator by the Senate President Ahmed Lawan.

Okorocha will represent the Imo West Senatorial District at the red chamber.

The ninth Assembly inauguration was held on Tuesday, with the Clerk of the Senate Nelson Ayewoh, making a roll-call of all Senators-elect.

Okorocha’s name was however omitted and he was not inaugurated because he had yet to collect his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC, after a management meeting later on Tuesday, yielded to an order by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and presented Okorocha his certificate of return as Senator-elect, Imo West Senatorial District.

Acknowledging the receipt, Okorocha thanked INEC and said that the issuance of the certificate confirms that the allegation of duress was unfounded.

“I have just been invited that my certificate is ready and I have just come to collect it. I take it to be Gods time and I’ve always believed that justice delayed, is justice denied.

“I also want to thank INEC for taking this bold step against all odds by issuing my certificate of return which goes a long way to confirm that the allegation of duress was unfounded,” Okorocha said.

Imo Senatorial Elections: INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Okorocha

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha, as Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district.

INEC, after a management meeting on Tuesday, yielded to an order by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and presented Okorocha his certificate of return as Senator-elect, Imo West Senatorial District.

This followed months of refusal by the commission to issue Okorocha a certificate over allegations by its returning officer, that he declared the results under duress.

According to INEC; The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today, 11 June 2019 and considered 14 Memoranda involving judgments and Orders in pre-election matters relating to the issuance of certificates and or withdrawal of certificates already issued in pre-election matters.

Amongst the Memoranda considered is that concerning the judgment on the Imo West Senatorial District by the Federal High Court, Abuja. The commission decided to; comply with the Court judgment by issuing a Certificate of Return to the plaintiff, Rochas Anayo Ethelbert Okorocha in compliance with the judgment and Orders of Hon Justice O.E Abang.

Acknowledging the receipt, Okorocha thanked INEC and said that the issuance of the certificate confirms that the allegation of duress was unfounded.

I have just been invited that my certificate is ready and I have just come to collect it. I take it to be Gods time and Ive always believed that justice delayed, is justice denied.

I also want to thank INEC for taking this bold step against all odds by issuing my certificate of return which goes a long way to confirm that the allegation of duress was unfounded.

See statement by INEC below:

 

Okorocha: INEC To Meet Over Court Order On Certificate Of Return

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will meet as soon as possible over the order of the Federal High Court in Abuja to issue a Certificate of Return to the former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, said this in a statement issued on Friday.
No date was, however, given on when the meeting will hold.

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While the Commission gave the assurance that it will continue to obey judgments of all courts of competent jurisdiction, it, however, noted that its overriding consideration is the safety of its ad-hoc staff, Electoral Officers and Collation/Returning Officers.

Read the full statement below.

INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION

PRESS RELEASE

ON THE ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF RETURN FOR IMO WEST SENARTORIAL DISTRICT

The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to the judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by the Hon. Justice Okon Abang, directing the Commission to issue a Certificate of Return to Rochas Okorocha as the Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District.

The Commission is also aware of and has been served with the Order of a High Court of Imo State, presided over by Hon. Justice Njemanze, directing the Commission not to issue a Certificate of Return to any of the candidates that contested the Imo West Senatorial District election. The Order from the High Court of Imo State was issued on 23rd May 2019 and the suit has been further adjourned to 26thJune 2019.

The Commission is aware that the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court, Abuja is the latest in time and determined the rights of the parties in relation to the subject matter of the Certificate of Return, in respect of the Imo West Senatorial Election.

The Commission is currently undertaking State level reviews of the 2019 general elections and all the National Commissioners are either in or heading to their States of Supervision to coordinate activities relating to the said review.

In view of the import and directives of the said judgement, the Commission will meet as soon as practicable to do the needful.

As a law-abiding institution, the Commission will continue to obey judgements of all courts of competent jurisdiction.

However, the Commissions overriding consideration is the safety of its ad-hoc staff, Electoral Officers and Collation/Returning Officers and is worried that if electoral impunity is allowed to flourish, any individual can harass, intimidate and put the Commissions officers under duress, procure a favourable declaration and be rewarded with a Certificate of Return.

Festus Okoye Esq.
National Commissioner & Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee
FRIDAY 7TH JUNE 2019.

Court Orders INEC To Issue Certificate Of Return To Okorocha

Okorocha Sets Up 21-Member Transition Committee

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to immediately issue the Certificate of Return to the immediate-past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, as the Senator-Elect for the Imo West Senatorial District.

Justice Okon Abang who made the order in a judgment on the suit filed by Okorocha,challengingINECs decision to withhold his certificate of return after he was declared the winner of February 23, 2019, National Assembly Election in the Imo West Senatorial District, described INECs action as lawless and arbitrary.

Justice Abang also held that Okorocha having been declared the winner of the election, INEC no longer had any legal authority to withhold a certificate of return due to him.

The judge held, once the declaration is made under section 68(c) of the electoral act, INEC has become functus officio and INEC has no lawful authority to withhold the certificate of return for any reason whatsoever.

He also held that the issue of duress is unknown to both the electoral act and the constitution of Nigeria.

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Justice Abang ruled that Okorocha remained elected subject to the outcome of the ongoing proceedings of the National Assembly election petition tribunal.

He, therefore, ordered, that INEC shall forthwith publish and circulate the name of the plaintiff as the senator-elect representing Orlu Imo West Senatorial District and also issue Okorocha the certificate of return as the Senator-Elect representing Imo West Senatorial District.

The judge also awarded the cost of N200, 000 against INEC in favour of Okorocha, while also ordering each of the seven defendants in the suit to pay Okorocha N100, 000 as damages.

The judge ordered the defendants to pay the costs personally to Okorocha before taking any further steps in the case.

Justice Abang added that the cost awarded against INEC would serve as deterrence to it from taking any future unlawful action.

INEC had refused to issue a certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha on the grounds that its returning officer who presided over the election complained to it that he declared the results under duress.