While kick-starting the IMO Freedom Day Celebration a with thanksgiving at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral on Sunday, Governor Rochas Okorocha said IMO people’s decision to vote out the past government was the beginning of their freedom from bad governance and poverty.
Governor Okorocha recounted how it all started and how the high and mighty never gave him and his rescue team any chance. Putting Odenigbo Centre in Assumpta Catheral in history as it was at Assumpta that Mother of Debate for the Governorship seat took place.
On memory lane, he said his fellow aspirants including his immediate past predecessor, Ikedi Ohakim, were all saying, “I will, I will”, especially where his colleagues all argued that free education was impossible. gov. Okorocha was thankful to God for keeping him on his toes to fulfilling his electoral promises.
He recalled the gruesome experience of his former Chief of Staff now the Deputy Governor, who was unjustly imprisoned and put away during 2011 elections. He further remembered those who lost their lives while trying to contribute to freeing IMO State from the clutches.
He further revealed that there is no quarrel except that he is being fought be the opposition because he has refused to share IMO people’s money to them.
“The sin I have only committed is that I said that enough is enough, let the down trodden have their own fare share of IMO resources. That is what I am using to give from education and the massive developmental projects that are scattered in IMO State including rural areas”.
He thanked IMO people for their courage and decision to set themselves free in 6th May, 2011 supplementary elections. He remarked May 6 as Freedom day because it marked the day of freedom from corruption, freedom from intimidation, freedom from electoral fraud. He hailed the clergy and the church for their stance and sacrifice to ensuring the right person emerged.
“..Nobody believed me. The security agencies never believed in us. The money bags never believed us. It was the market women, the petty traders, the keke riders, mechanics, the Revrd. fathers, Pastors and the down-trodden that believed us. I have promised that I will never disappoint ..” he enthused.
Gov. Okorocha reassured Imo people that his government will continue to work for the good of the people to ensure that poverty is reduced if not eradicated. He however, spotlighted the importance of free education policy, which takes care of the children of the poor who may not afford the luxury of qualitative education.
Revd. father Nkwocha commended Governor Okorocha and Rescue Mission Government for the monumental achievements in various sector of the State and encouraged him to continue earlier during the sermon while admonishing him and his appointees to continue to find ways to stamp out insecurity totally and also advised against corruption, which he described as a dent to social justice.
The Revd. Nkwocha however called on those sabotaging Owelle Okorocha led government to desist* from that as IMO for the first time in a very long while has not had it so good. He called for support for the government from the people of IMO State.
– Office of the Deputy Governor