My govt has completed over 1000 projects – Okorocha
By Isiaq Olumodan, Abuja
Rochas Okorocha, the Imo State governor, on Monday said his administration has completed over 1000 projects which are now ready for commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okorocha stated this in an interview with State House correspondents in Abuja shortly after he met with Buhari behind closed-doors in his office.
According to him, his mission to the State House was to invit Buhari to to commission some of the projects.
“I came here precisely to discuss with Mr President to come and commission my projects. I have completed the construction of a new Cargo Airport Terminal, Warehouses and cargo sheds that is to be commissioned.
“I have also completed a new police headquarters and also a new prison headquarters in Imo State. These are federal government projects built by Imo State government.
“Another landmark project is the Justice Oputa Court – the new Imo State High Court Complex which we have built,” he said.
He continued, “So, we have over a thousand verifiable projects to be commissioned.
“So, I am requesting Mr President to kindly commission the federal ones and see how many of the state’s projects he could commission for me. This is precisely why I am here.”
The governor also spoke about the controversy surrounding his certificate of return, internal politics of the APC and the need for the South East to be considered for top principal positions at the National Assembly.
He said, “As it stands today, I am just waiting patiently for the release of my certificate of return for an election that I duly won, and I am hoping that INEC will release my certificate of return.
“I have not contravened any section of the constitution and I have not done anything wrong not to be given my certificate. I pray and hope INEC would do what is just and what is right.”
When asked whether he discussed the issue with the President, Okorocha said, “I don’t think that would have been necessary to do because it’s a straight forward matter.
“INEC conducted election, results were declared – the returning officer declared the results and I won. Only one week later to hear that somebody wrote a petition that he issued that declaration under duress.
“I say where? Was it in his private house or was it in the collation centre? If it is the collation SSS were there, police were there, international observers, INEC officials and many others.
“So who actually put him under duress? The man has not been able to say that. Nobody has ever sent a statement about that but I think INEC would want to do the right thing very very soon.”