The former Imo State Governor and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha has dismissed claims of being behind the ugly and worrisome security situation in the state.
Okorocha made this disclaimer on Saturday, November 27, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media) Sam Onwuemeodo, noting Governor Hope Uzodinma had come up with the unguarded accusation because he had raised the issue at the Senate plenary.
The former governor said, “we had decided, even long before now, not to be joining issues again with the government in Imo; especially with regard to their persistent attacks and porous propaganda against me, unprovoked and unwarranted.”
Okorocha said he had called for the intervention of the Senate and other relevant bodies; and people in an effort to end the lingering security problem in Imo.
The statement read: “Instead of taking that path, the Imo governor decided to take the route of abuses and propaganda against his brother Senator, who had governed the State before him and who is also the Senator of his zone. He should have collaborated Okorocha’s fresh ideas on the floor of the Senate, on how to solve the Imo Security problem.
“The good news is that Nigerians in general and Imo people in particular, know Okorocha and his history. He has a history of peace, harmony, and unity. The history of uplifting life and building the Nation. The history of tolerance. He has Conviviality as a guide or principle.”
Meanwhile, former President Goodluck Jonathan has explained that he signed the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Development Act in 2010 to ensure that at least 80 per cent of the needs of the nation’s oil industry is produced locally.
Jonathan stated this on Friday, November 26, when he led his course mates; the 1981 Class of the University of Port Harcourt Alumni on a visit to the Oil and Gas Industrial Park, at Emayal 1 in Ogbia Local Government of Bayelsa.
1st News reports that the former president and his classmates also visited their former lecturer; who was the first Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Port-Harcourt, Emeritus Prof. E. J. Alagoa, in his home town.
“When I was deputy governor in 2000, I led the Bayelsa trade delegation to China; because we came from an oil-producing area.
“They took us to their oil city and if you go to the city; you will be happy with the oil operations, there are oil wells in the front of offices and houses.
“Their oil wells are very shallow, something like pumps; and then you see the oil pumping in front of the houses with grasses green.