By Austin Johnson
Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that “I will never run against President Buhari in the 2019 Presidential election but would continue to support him in the overall interest of the nation, especially when he has stabilized the nation. I want to also say that those in Imo who made many political enemies should forget the Douglas House. We need people with free mind. I have killed the clannish nature of the state where people consider where you come from before doing anything for you. The politics of sentiment must be discarded and discouraged. It is shame for somebody to hope on zoning to win elections”.
Governor Okorocha gave the hint when he had a breakfast meeting with Journalists in the State, adding that the Rescue Mission Government in the State which he superintends has not borrowed from any bank, stating that opponents of his government have been talking about his borrowing from banks because of the numerous projects his administration has executed. Instead of his administration borrowing, what it had done was to pay the money borrowed by administrations before him and he has done that so that the State won’t be in debt after him.
He explained that his opponents have been imagining that he has borrowed money to be doing all that his administration has achieved in five years, stressing that the truth of the matter is that his government is not indebted to any bank.
His words “For posterity reasons, this government is not owing any bank or person, any amount except for the bailout fund that 100 million naira is been deducted from the source monthly. Any subsequent government that comes and says that Rochas borrowed is a criminal one”.
The governor also informed that his administration has spent over N50 billion on free education since the introduction of the programme, regretting that in spite of the description of the free education policy as a ruse by the opponents of the administration there was stampede at the locations where the students were asked to go and get forms to fill to show they are really indigenes of the State because of the information that none indigenes claim to be Imo people because of the programme.
The governor also directed the Secretary to the government of the State, Sir George Eche to forward an Executive bill to the House of Assembly to make the Local Government Chairmen’s tenure three years instead of the two years it has been and said that the State Electoral Commission would conduct the Local Government election once the law for the new tenure is ready, adding that two years tenure is not good for the system.