Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha has asked his perceived political enemies to apologize or face misfortune in their career as politicians.
Okorocha in a statement directed to his impeached deputy, Eze Madumere, a former speaker of the state House of Assembly and serving senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu, his brother-in-law, Chuks Ololo; former secretaries to the state government, Jude Ejiogu and George Eche, urged them to say sorry for betraying him.
The governor, who spent millions of naira to erect the statue of former South African president (Jacob Zuma), made this statement during the swearing-in of new permanent secretaries and new secretary to the state government, chief of staff, and deputy chief of staff at Government House, Owerri.
His words: “Tell Madumere, Ejiogu, Ololo and Eche to come back and apologise to me before they crash. Tell them to come back so that I may bless them. They had no dime before they came into this government. How did they get the N22.5m to buy APC governorship forms?”
Okorocha added that his administration would finish very strong; pointing out that his administration had mapped out N3.5bn to rebuild all the school blocks and roads across the 27 local government areas of the state.
“This administration will finish well. It is the end that matters. I urge you to support Imo government. I will work in my last seven months like I worked in the last seven years. I will rebuild all secondary schools and roads in Imo State. We are just waiting for the rains to stop.
“We will complete all the road projects. Imo has too much money. Each community in Imo State will get N4m in our community project that will commence very soon. It will gulp N3.2bn.
“My desire is to reduce poverty in Imo state to a minimal level. Petty traders need support. It is called my people, my people empowerment. The empowerment will have six thousand beneficiaries. I have a covenant with God and that is to help poor people. Most people have misunderstood my administration. I didn’t come for the rich; my administration is for poor people. “
He urged the opposition to apply restraint in playing politics, even as he maintained that desperate politics must not be tolerated in the state.
“Imo is our home. We have no other state than this. After politics, we will still have Imo as our state. I urge desperate politicians to stop causing disaffection in the polity. Stop using pulpits to discredit my government. Let us play politics like a beautiful game. Stop heating up the polity. I am available for abuses and insults. After politics, there is still Imo.”
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