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Okorocha Promises to Work with Opposition to Move Imo State Forward



Rochas Okorocha

Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo and winner of Saturday’s governorship election has extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents for a better state.

Speaking at a thanksgiving service organised by his supporters in his honour at the Victory Chapel Church in the Government House, Owerri on Sunday, Okorocha expressed appreciation to God and to all who contributed to his success story in his four years as governor.

He thanked the people of Imo for their overwhelming support at the polls which according to him led to his victory.

He described his victory as a victory for the people irrespective of political affiliations.

Okorocha urged his opponents to accept the outcome of the election and to join him to make the state better.

He noted that all his campaign promises for the 2011 election had been fulfilled, promising to improve on his services to the state in the next four years.

The governor said he was not in governance to amass wealth but to serve God and humanity, explaining that within four years, he was able to tackle insecurity, kidnapping and armed robbery in the state and created an enabling environment for businesses.

“Four years ago, insecurity resulting from kidnapping and armed robbery, among others was the order of the day in Imo but today the situation has changed.

“In the next four years, my first focus remains education, second is industry and third is tourism.

“We will develop tourist sites to generate revenue for the state; to build industries that will create jobs for the Imo youths,” he said.

Okorocha said he is in the business of governance to leave a legacy and make a difference.

He described the president-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as a man of vision and called on Nigerians to support him.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Okorocha was declared winner and returned elected on Sunday by the INEC Returning Officer in Imo, Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe.

Okorocha emerged winner after the collation of results of the re-run governorship election in 259 polling units in the state.

INEC had after the April 11 elections declared the Imo election inconclusive because of some cancellations in some wards in 23 local government areas of the state.

The result released by INEC in Owerri showed that Okorocha, the APC candidate, polled a total of 416,996 votes while his closest rival, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP polled 320,705 votes.

Meanwhile, it was celebration galore in Owerri and its environs as APC supporters trouped out to celebrate the victory of the party.

The celebration caused traffic snarls on major roads and streets in Owerri, especially around the Government House Roundabout by Okigwe Road.

There were also displays by tricycle riders while APC faithful carried brooms, the symbol of the party, as part of the celebration.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Fr. Jude Ebere Eze

    April 29, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations once again to Governor Rochas Anayochukwu Okorocha. Ezenwa UMUMA EBENMANO! You are a blessing to Imo State in particular and Nigeria in general. God bless you. We shall always support you from the Holy Altar of God.

  2. addico ikenna

    April 29, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I which to congratulate u his excellence governor rochas okorocha, or our governor today even tomorrow, God we still continue to bless u ad ur family, do to d good work ur doing in our state. ppl r talking of party before d election, but for me, I told them forget abt party, but look on to d man it self, d personality ad what he is doing in IMO state. so they should forget abt party. but thank God dat after everything, u later win d success. am happy with u, continue.

  3. Chris Ike

    April 30, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Rochas, u’ve done excellently well. I’m very proud of u. Congratulation! Now, may u settle down. Work cooperatively and collaboratively wit ur other south-east, south-south, and delta govs to initiate development in dis geopolitical area of our country. As a matter of urgency, may u prioritize the fight against the ubiquitous criminal acts of corruption, armed robbery, and kidnapping, which have become the new normal, specifically in Imo State. Our region needs freedom, peace, and safety, without which investment and progress for all would be a wishful thinking. DIASPORA. … . .

  4. jonathan obi

    May 1, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Congratulations to Owelle Rochas Okorocha for Victory

  5. Pius Opara

    May 30, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Congratulations my loving Governor Owelle Rochas Anayochukwu Okorocha, for your well-deserved Victory for a second term and your subsequent swearing in yesterday. You are really a God-sent to our God-loving state. More power to your elbow. Remain blessed

  6. Arinze

    July 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Rochas may u continu do moden d best 4 imo state, god bless u sir

  7. mAzi keekeem ibe

    July 20, 2015 at 2:14 am

    I wish da would b 36 rochases okorochases so dat each of them could govern a state in nigeria n make it like imo sgate of today.bjt since dat s not happening yef,may god giv him more unction to move imo to greater.Ameeen

  8. Okakpu Chris

    July 21, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I wish to join Imo Indigenes in congratulating Owelle Rochas on his re election as d Governor of Imo State, I pray him to concentrate on d task of taking Imo State to another level in terms of development, good governance and dividends of democracy on Imo indigenes. Once again CONGRATULATIONS.

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