Okorocha denies face-off with Onu

By The Citizen

Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, on Friday debunked media report that he had a faceoff with former Governor of Abia State and All Progressives Congress chieftain, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, over the choice of who becomes the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Okorocha, who cleared the air while addressing journalists at the Government House in Owerri, said he still had good relationship with Onu, adding that Onu's name was among the three he submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for consideration for the office of the SGF.

'When the Ndigbo lost the chance to produce the Senate President or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, which was initially zoned to the South-East, we then brought the idea of the SGF, I nominated Onu, Senator Chris Ngige and Prof. Anthony Anwuka (Secretary to Imo State Government). But this was before Buhari said he was not going to take any list from any governor,” he stated.

Earlier in his speech at the swearing-in ceremony at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Okorocha told the people of the state to expect a vibrant government that would be committed to service.

He stressed that he kept his campaign promises to the people in the last four years.

Okorocha said, 'Four years ago, I gave you my word. I told you that my word was my bond. I gave my people my word when I assured them that I would keep the citizens safe and secure within the four walls of our peace-loving state.

'In two years of the Rescue Mission, kidnapping, baby factory, armed robbery, including bank robbery and other violent crimes became a thing of the past. Those crimes have been eradicated from our great land.'

Okorocha, who was sworn in alongside his deputy, Eze Madumere, also promised to consolidate on the gains recorded in the areas of security, free education, health care and road infrastructure.