Owerri – Out-going Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha Wednesday admitted that he been the most misunderstood and most controversial governor the state has ever produced in the annals of its history because of his style of governance.
He said that his passion and vision to re-position the state for
greatness makes him to bend rules and regulations in governance,
instead as against breaking such rules, adding that he had no regret
for his actions as history would vindicate him.
The governor who stated this at the official commission of the new
justice Chukwudifu Akunne Oputa High court complex new Owerri argued that if he had adhered to the usual style of governance, he would not have succeeded.
“I came in through the window of the masses and not through the doors
of the elite and I am crazy in my vision and passion for a greater Imo
state and nothing has affected my oblongata”.
For resisting and restraining some indigenes of the state to continue
business as usual in government, the governor said that he had been
derided, scorned and maligned as Okoro Hausa and Aboki.
Enumerating his achievements in the past 8 years, he said “let my
works speak for me after leaving the office and I am not in the business
of wasting, the taxpayers’ money to commission projects because I
believe that such fund should be channeled to other productive
ventures”, boasting that he had set a standard which any incoming
the governor would not beat.
“My crazy system of governance is working and no governor coming after
me will ever think of building hospitals in Imo for the next 50 years
or to build more varsities”.
He extolled the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa as one of the nation’s
greatest patriots who distinguished themselves in character and
assured that there would be smooth transition and peace in the state
even as he promised to clear all arrears owed to judges in the state
before leaving the office.
Justice Paschal Nnadi – chief Judge of the state in an address earlier
said that the commissioning of the court complex would go a long way
to reduce the current suffocating situation of insufficient court
facilities which he said for many years gave rise to the uncomfortable
situation where 2 or more judges share one court hall.
“The embarrassment which lack of adequate court halls would have
caused us in Imo state was recently averted by the assignment of six
of our judges to election tribunal duty outside Imo state which freed
their court hall for use by the 5 (five) election petition Tribunals
empanelled for Imo state and now on the ground and sitting in Imo state.
“One can therefore, imagine the sigh of relief and reinvigoration that
the completion and commissioning of this Court Complex has given to
the Judiciary of Imo state”.
He gave an assurance that the state judiciary under his watch would
continued to discharge its constitutional duties of ensuring that
Justice is administered in the state without fear or favour, affection
or ill will stressing that the court complex commissioned would not
only be the court of law but a court where justice would rein supreme
in the state.
Acting Chief Justice of the federation justice Tanko Muhammad who
commissioned the project through Hon. Justice Amina Augie commended
governor Okorocha for providing the structure which he said would ease
the operation of the judiciary in the state.