Oyegun, el-Rufai laud Okorocha, says governor saved Ndigbo politically

By Solomon Wachukwu, Owerri 

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has been described as a visionary politician who saved Ndigbo from “meaningless” opposition. 

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, his Bauchi State counterpart Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun made the commendation on Wednesday in Owerri. 

The trio spoke at a public presentation of the Okorocha’s five-year scorecard at the Imo International Convention Centre, where noted that he (Okorocha) has taken an uncommon and unusual decision when he joined the APC at a time all Igbo were supporting the then ruling party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP). 

el Rufai, who lauded the his achievements, stated that, “I respect Governor Okorocha because he is one of the few politicians who saw tomorrow. The entire Southeast should commend Okorocha because if not for him they would have been condemned to meaningless opposition”. 

On Okorocha’s achievements, he submitted that, “Imo is already great. As a first time Governor I am happy to associate with more experienced Governors like Okorocha to get free training, I commend Okorocha for his views, achievements and above all for his ‘Nigerianess’ because he has proved above every other politician that Nigeria is truly one”. 

Bauchi State Governor described Okorocha as one of the most performing APC Governors, “I am yet to see such achievements or performance put together by any Governor in Nigeria. I must congratulate the Imo Governor and his team for the great achievements despite the paucity of funds”. 

The APC National Chairman, who commended Okorocha for his achievements, said that he has made the party brought by surpassing his campaign promises, “I want to say that Imo State today is better and that Imo State has been rescued and as the National Chairman of the APC I am happy with the level of achievements recorded by the Rescue Mission Administration”. 

Okorocha in his remarks said that his administration was able to achieve all it did because it adopted an unusual approach that undermined bureaucratic bottlenecks that has hitherto marred government business. 

According to him, “when we came in we adopted what we called four-year rolling plan signed by the House of Assembly, which is like a four year budget and allows you know what you are going to do for the next four years and this removed all the bureaucratic bottlenecks which is the greatest enemy of government business. 

“For the five years I have been in power, I have not been in my office for more than 15 times because many Governors spend a great deal of time talking about Due Process, which I call Due Process of corruption, so we have removed Due Process in government business in Imo State and that is why we have achieved so much with very little capital”.  

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