Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Monday asked 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, to apologise to him to prevent misfortune in their political careers.
Okorocha who spoke 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 , accused politicians of betraying him .
He also questioned how Madumere , Ejiogu , Eche and Ololo got N22 .5 m each to purchase the All Progressives Congress nomination and expression of interest forms for governorship , saying that they had no money before they served under his administration .
Okorocha said “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?”
Speaking on other issues, Okorocha said his administration would finish very strong .
He equally disclosed 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 .
Okorocha said, “ 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 N4 m in our community project that will commence very soon. It will gulp N3 .2 bn .
“ My desire is to reduce poverty in Imo state to 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 . “
The governor urged the opposition to apply restraint in playing politics , even as he maintained that desperate politics must not be tolerated in the state.
He said , “ 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 .”
-- PUNCH .