Imo state Governor and Chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC, Governor’s
Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has said that it is too early to begin to
judge Buhari’s intention on his appointments and that as far as he is
concerned, the president had executed what the office empowers him to do.

Rochas who appealed to the president to consider the South-East in his
appointments said as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed
forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he has the right to make
appointments that would make him succeed and nobody should dictate for him
who he should appoint or who he should not appoint.

The governor spoke weekend at the end during his meeting with selected
stakeholders in the state, urging them to continue supporting the APC
governments at all levels, in the country and mostly that of President
Mohammadu Buhari.

As the president’s appointments so far affect the South-East, Governor
Okorocha said “what I can only do is to continue to appeal to the president
to consider the South-East in his appointments. And as far as I am
concerned, the president had executed what the office empowers him to do,
and it is believed that he did that in the best interest of the nation.”

He continued, “again, most of the appointments the president has so far
made are like his personal staff. I don’t think South-East will ever be
forgotten in this administration, we will get our due. In fact, if you ask
me, I would say we should be more interested in the projects coming down to
the South-East, and as much as we can get. The projects will bring about
development of the South-East.”

The governor continued on the appointments, “on the appointments as they
concern the South-East, there is no cause for alarm. It is too early in the
day to begin to judge Buhari’s intention. I think he means well. Let us
give him a chance. Nigeria is one nation. A nation for all of us. We must
start thinking about the nation rather than thinking about sentiment of
where we come from.”

“Although the South-East had expected so much, we believe all will be well
with the Buhari presidency and for the development of the South-East. It is
wrong for some people to begin to use the issue to incite the people of the
South-east against the president. The government is about to celebrate its
one hundred days, and the appointments are just beginning to come, and by
and large, the South-East will get their dues.”

“The point is that we cannot begin to judge President Buhari with the
appointments so far made. We cannot obviously use it to judge his
intention. I think he means well for the nation and with every
geo-political zone inclusive. So, let us give him a chance.”

The Governor also restated his commitment towards ensuring that many
federal projects are cited in the South East zone during the present
federal administration than during the previous ones. On the essence of the
meeting he held with political stake holders in the state Owelle Okorocha
said it was aimed at charting the way forward on the government’s programme
of beautifying the state to attract investors, adding that the exercise
will be extended to Okigwe and Orlu.

The governor explained that government would establish taskforce committees
charged with the responsibility of cleaning up Imo state and relocating
markets and parks as to create healthy environments, adding that the joint
state and local government committees aimed at reviewing development
projects executed in rural and urban areas of the state will be set up.

Buhari’s Appointments: Okorocha appeals to Buhari to consider South East


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