- Governor Rochas Okorocha said he has no opposition in Imo state
- The governor said those whose interest is in 2019 governorship do not constitute any opposition for him
- The governor made this statement while reacting to a proposed rally against him
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state claimed he has no opposition while reacting to a proposed rally against him by the Imo Peoples Action for Democracy (IPAD).
The governor said that the few people against him are people whose only focus are on the 2019 governorship election in the state and they count as no opposition.
Okorocha, in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, dismissed the IPAD group's plan to occupy Imo state from December 18 to December 24, The Nation reports.
The statement by the Imo state governor read: "We want to take the floor once again to inform the general public that Governor Rochas Okorocha and his Rescue Mission Administration does not have any opposition in the state. The few elite whose simple and compound interest is 2019 governorship in the State do not constitute any opposition in the proper sense of the word and so, they only operate in the social media.
“We want also to state clearly that no reasonable Imo man or woman can come out in protest against Governor Rochas Okorocha or his administration because he has done for them what they never knew could be done by a government in the state.
“Those who follow postings on the social media must have read what a faceless or non-existent group that called itself 'Imo Peoples Action for Democracy (IPAD)' with no fixed address or any existing human being behind it, had threatened to 'occupy Imo' from Monday, December 18, 2017 to Sunday December 24, 2017 in protest for reasons best known to them.
“When we saw that gimmick, we didn’t react to it because we knew it was one of such fake stories. After all, one time Speaker of the State House of Assembly had issued a similar threat last year and on the day he said he was going to have a rally against the government, he was not even in Owerri but in Abuja enjoying himself. At the end of the day, nothing happened.
“Today, Monday, December 18, 2017 nothing happened with regard to the empty threat to “Occupy Imo”. Rather, supporters of the administration gathered in their thousands at the Heroes Square to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s 75th birthday.
"On what ground would any Imo man or woman storm the street against the government its achievements have superseded the achievements of all the administrations before it put together.
“The truth of the matter is that the more than one thousand verifiable projects executed by Okorocha’s administration have become so intimidating that the few elite parading themselves as the opposition, most of the times, become hopeless, hapless and helpless. Our achievements are our own 'bazooka rifle'. They can’t help it.
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“We would only extend our heartfelt gratitude to the good people of the state for their appreciation, understanding and unbridled cooperation. Our achievements will continue to speak and act for us to the glory of God."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Okorocha has stated that he won't aspire to be a senator in 2019.
The governor made the comment when about 5,000 members of the Rochas Mandate Movement held a solidarity rally for him in Owerri, on Friday December 15.
He accused those behind the rumour that he is running a family business in government, of ruining the state when they held sway as leaders before his emergence as governor.
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