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By Kenneth Uwadi

The announcement by the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, that he will re-contest his position in the 2015 general election generated several headlines and commentaries. Okorocha's declaration to contest the next election is in total negation of his position before assumption of office in 2011. At the 2011 Governor's Debate at the Assumpta Cathedral, Okorocha had promised Imolites that he would be in office for four years.

Now he is recontesting.That is Governor Okorocha for you, a political chameleon. I once wrote articles were i stated why he should resign as Imo Governor. To me, Okorocha worships power with his whole body, his whole heart, his whole spirit and, in fact, his whole being. For him, nothing is too small or too great to do to acquire power and flaunt it. His love of publicity is part of his endless scheming for power. Once he grabs it, he immediately and unceremoniously abandons all who helped him.

Honestly, when Okorocha became governor of Imo State he turned to something else. He went about telling Imo people lies upon lies, defending his failures and deceits with pride. The first thing that he did when he came into power was to loot N26.27billion naira left behind by former Governor Ikedi Ohakim. The Second thing that he did was to borrow n45billion naira and n28billion naira loans from banks with Imo LGA allocations as collateral for three years, the money which he squandered. Okorocha is just a political opportunist looting Imo state dry . He does not have the passion to do things for the people . He never had . He's a stone-cold unapologetic ambitious man who is milking Imo state to finish.

There are many reasons why he does not deserve re-election. There are millions of voters in Imo State who are waiting to kick him out in 2015. Anglicans and Catholics will never vote for him again. I doff my hat and salute the Christians in Imo State, who stood by unborn children whose death warrant Governor Rochas Okorocha and his cohorts assented to. It is disheartening to see a governor legalize abortion in his state.

Imo youths cannot vote for him again .He has failed to give them jobs. The 10,000 legally employed Imo civil servants that he unjustly sacked in 2011 and their families and friends of their families, workers of Imo State origin too who were sacked in the Abia State civil service for two years now that he has done nothing to alleviate their suffering despite their entreaties will not vote for him again. Imo Civil servants that he has refused to pay the 18,000 naira minimum wage will also not vote for him again.

Instead of sitting down in Owerri and create jobs for Imo Youths, Okorocha is spending millions of naira junketing the globe and entertaining his friends and political associates in Nigeria and abroad leaving Imo State youths without jobs. If Okorocha is not in Kaduna attending meetings with some Boko Haram Governors he will be in Ibadan hosting birthday parties or he is in USA meeting his fleshy needs, things that has little to do with Imo state administration. The only sign of youth employment in Imo is the blaring of siren by the governor's children, his maids, his in-laws and few hangers on who feed fat on the allocation of Imo State.

Annoyingly, early this year and close to three years after he sacked 10,000 Imo state civil servants the governor advertised the availability of 11,000 jobs via IMO YOUTH MUST WORK programme but didn't explain where the money to pay the workers will come from since he gave lack of money to pay workers as the reason for sacking the 10,000 Imo civil servants in 2011. Where is the 11,000 jobs opening when the same government cannot pay its civil servants well, again where is this job opening when Okorocha has not built one industry or rehabilitate existing ones.

I can tell that the millions of people in Imo rural areas that he has abandoned will never vote for him again. We all know that it is close to three years of his government and yet democracy does not exist in the 27 local government councils of Imo state as provided for in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria whereas neighboring states have elected men and women in their councils. The result is a comatose Imo LGA's begging to be attended to. Lack of basic amenities has made these LGA's a ghost environment.

How can a man who was elected democratically but has been operating the LGA in Imo state with Sole Administrators ask Imo people to re-elect him when he has deprived the same Imo people democracy in their LGA's. What moral right does he have to ask Imo people to re-elect him when the same Imo people are seeing him using Imo LGA monies to fund his private concerns and award inflated contracts to his companies and cronies. He has told Imo people that they have no right to elect their leaders in the LGA's and they have no right to elect their town union officials and youth leaders at the grass -root. He is saying “Imo people shut up”

He has also used his brand of military rule to persecute the people of Owerri zone demolishing there houses and shops here and there. Even Oguta State Constituency in Imo State has not produced its representative to the Imo State House of Assembly since after the 2011 general election close to three years now. Owerri people also are itching to occupy Douglas house. How can Ohaji/Egbema as well as Oguta vote for him when he has been looting the 13 percent oil derivation funds of Imo oil producing areas. ISOPADEC, the commission charged with development of Imo oil areas is in comatose. Schools, water, electrification, roads and hospital rehabilitation in Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta which form part of the duties of ISOPADEC remain in their same dilapidated state. There is also the N400 million naira Imo flood victims relief fund given to Imo State by the Federal Government which has developed wings. I tell you the 2015 election in Imo will be an election that will rescue Imo State from Mister Rescuer.

Kenneth Uwadi. Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria

Your Comment

mr kagu | 10/19/2013 2:13:00 PM
mr kenneth, from all indication, u dont hv respect for ur elders. for gods sake, y calling our respected govnors boko haram just to score a political goal within ur state which has nothing to do with them. pls mind ur language
Cherikay | 8/5/2014 12:52:00 AM
He's telling the truth, how dare you talk like that? This Governor is a ONE TIME LEADER, so what are you going to do about it? Only you can't win him a sit in IMO state. He has embezzled State monies, he employed people since January, 2014 and never paid them a dime. He is even the worse. He used the State monies to build a Mosque for Muslim people, this is never done in the history of IBOS. An abomination. He's planing to turn Imo State into an Islamic State to introduce Sharia Law. God will uproot him before that will happen. Imo State and The Almighty God (JEHOVAH) are ready to battle him and his entire family.
Marizchris | 10/20/2013 7:20:00 PM
This is very serious, our eyes are getting open day by day
Cherikay | 8/5/2014 12:56:00 AM
Imo State!!!! People please rise up against this evil boko haram aboki, he's dragging the whole state down to the toilet. Wake up people. He is a thief.
Jason | 10/28/2013 9:30:00 PM
A governor with No feeling for d needy youths. had d mind to sack youths already employed,making fun of others under youth must work. Wht a SHAME!
mazi kc ibe | 11/4/2013 10:11:00 PM
if i were both u;jason and ur boss kenneth uwadi,i would pause a little to take stock of the failures asnd achievements of rochas okorocha b4making jest of urselves,or do u think there is anything that will 4ever make ohakims wasted 4yrs compare favourably with the present administration in imo astate?well u r entittled to ur opinion my advice to u both is to go home,pray to god and ask him to show u who that messiah u hav ben waiting for is so that come 2015,owelle becomes history like ur so-called hero ikedi eventually became.remember,ur vote is ur only power.WEN THE TIME COMES FOR ENUMERATION OF ACHIEVEMENTS AND FAILURES,WE DO THAT FOR AND AGAINST OWELLE.
Cherikay | 8/5/2014 1:17:00 AM
How much did he pay you as you tend to be the one that kisses his ass. Every one in Imo State is crying because of this boko haram cow master. Who could tell people of the State otherwise, as they have to live through this hell this Satan is putting them to. Why is he using State monies to build Mosque for Muslim in Imo State a never had story in the history is IBO PEOPLE. NSO ALA.
Cherikay | 8/5/2014 1:00:00 AM
That's a shame indeed, Imo State people should impeach the rat before he causes more harm.
Dede Okey | 11/14/2013 7:48:00 PM
Mazi k.c ibe you are on point,to me i prefare Rochase to past Imo Governors,let God help and direct him cos nobody is perfect,P.D.P watch dogs allow our incumbent to do his work as usual,who are you to judge,where were you when ohakim was in power?because he refused to share our money to you guys thats why,God will judge us all at the last day,thats the terific truth despit the fact that my Dad is one of the G.L.O'S am Okechukwu,make una scrash me card i beg lols.08035356249
Chibuike | 11/23/2013 9:25:00 AM
Kenneth uwadi stop crying like a baby, I know you are a PDP members, for your information, our precious governor Rochas Okorocha will govern Imo state till 2019,
Cherikay | 8/5/2014 1:25:00 AM
God will not allow this your prayer to stand in JESUS NAME. AMEN A man who built a Mosque in IGBO LAND to worship a deity (ALLAH and MOHAMMAD), blood sucking demons? This is not about party, I don't care about any party but for the fact that he built a Mosque in IGBOLAND is a BIG NO!! NO!. There is no place for SATAN in GOD's HOUSE.
Princeudu | 11/30/2013 7:18:00 PM
Intoto pseudo! I must vote for Okorocha come 2015 general election in Imo state. He is doing it well and God must continue to love him and bless him.
Cherikay | 8/5/2014 1:27:00 AM
Ignorant is worst than a disease.
John kaska | 12/13/2013 3:06:00 PM
Mr Kenneth u better go bk 2 who so ever dat hv paid u to put dis writeup dat u did nt get right. U ar jst making jets of urself bcos there no way u cn compare 4yrs of OHAKIM to 3yrs of ds Administration. The Neigboring states u mention is Abia State or Ebonyi. PDP is people Deceive people pls u nid lettle money to tk care of urslf.
Cherikay | 8/5/2014 1:28:00 AM
You don't make much sense.
nwa imo | 12/26/2013 1:19:00 PM
Kenneth , kenneth , kenneth how mang times have i call you. i konw your been paid for this , but i want to tell you, is you are doing evil work for money since ikedi ohakim is your number one your the devil of IMO STATE
cherikay | 8/5/2014 1:31:00 AM
Okorocha is the boko haram within. And Imo people should rid him off. He paid you also to talk jubrish.
Cherikay | 8/5/2014 2:05:00 AM
This guy is not doing any thing good for the state and will never do any good for the State. This Aboki is seeing you people as Nama (COW), people should elected him and people should also rise up to impeach him NOW before its too late. He wants to turn the State into a boko haram camp where he can continue with his terror training. He built a Mosque in Igboland so as to impose Sharia Law in Imo State as a loyalty to his Northern Sponsors. Very soon he will start to build tunnels from inside that Mosque. Imo people wake up this guy have cast his aboki spells on you people, how could you people sat by and watched him built a Mosque in IBO LAND a never done before? What happened to Igbo faith CHRISTIANITY? Please rise up now every one and send this guy packing, aboki will always be a COW MASTER, A COW MASTER WILL ALWAYS BE A BOKO HARAM. Please tell aboki to pay the SALARIES of poor innocent workers. The God who hears the cry of the poor and need will visit you and your entire family in the Name of JESUS, Amen. Can any IBO person tell me the meaning of boko haram in Igbo Language.