Governor Rochas to Start Searching for Successor soon
Nigeria Newspoint has reported that Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha has finally come out publicly to announce his plan to begin the search for a successor soon, ahead of the 2019 governorship election.
According to the report, the state governor bared his mind on the subject in Owerri during an interactive media parley with journalists in the state. He said that his decision to set in motion the process of picking a worthy successor was informed by the need to ensure that the good legacies of the Imo Rescue Mission are protected and preserved after he leaves office in the next three years.
The Governor also stressed that the project would be accorded serious attention because of his love for the state. He also added that he would make the process as open and transparent as possible to give the people of the state the opportunity to be part of the history of choosing a worthy successor. The search, he revealed will begin in May.
Further, he washed his hands off the idea of zoning the governorship of the state among the three zones of Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe insisting that he does not believe in zoning as it does not make room for capacity and competence in position of leadership, all over the world.
The governor who also reacted to recent media reports alleging that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC had arrested his top aides described the reported arrest as a campaign of calumny against his government that since he came to power, officials of the state have always been invited by the anti-graft agency even as operatives of the body also visit the state based on frivolous petitions by some unpatriotic elements.
According to him, it was not true that the bailout fund extended to the state was tampered with as it was used to pay workers of the state up to December 2015 salaries and wondered how the funds could have been diverted when it was used to pay the workers.
Governor also attacked critics of his administration who have stoutly been lampooning his government. He said contrary to their claims, the state has become the fastest growing state in the country, after Abuja.
On the postponement of Okigwe Senate re-run, he stated that the election was put on hold because the PDP was bent on rigging the election hence APC protested for the postponement.
The governor boasted that the Senate re-run, if fairly conducted would be won by APC candidate, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu.