Nigeria Politics 101: Rochas Okorocha’s Iberiberism
Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha
Since the inception of democracy in Nigeria Rochas has contested election in virtually all the major political parties in Nigeria.
In 2003, he was a presidential aspirant of ANPP, during the primaries, Buhari was imposed on the party and he worked out of the convention ground on protest.
He later became the SA to Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) on inter party affairs even when his party ANPP was challenging OBJ’s victory in court. Obasanjo was PDP’s candidate in that election!
He subsequently dumped the marriage wit OBJ and formed Action Alliance (AA) to contest 2007 presidential election. this new party did not attract quite a big political interest despite huge resources invested in it.
He quickly rejoined PDP dumping AA to contest 2007 presidency.
He came second as late president Yaradua became PDP’s presidential flag bearer.
Rochas then decamped to APGA in 2010 in his continued search of electoral victory.
Rochas for the first time in his political career got elected using APGA’s appeal in south east as executive governor of Imo state.
Rochas later dumped APGA, to join APC in 2014.
It is obvious that Rochas is not a party politician. He is a mobile politician, ambitious and very impatient.
Sad development as Imo APC primaries turns bloody
There’s an easy calm in Owerri, the capital of Imo State over who flies the flag of the ruling All Progressive Congress governorship ticket in the state.
Thugs believed to be loyal to one of the aspirants is said to be on rampage in the state burning the campaign vehicles of one of the aspirants and a former Chief of staff to the Governor of Imo State, Uche Nwosu.
Uche Nwosu who is also the Son in law to the Governor of the State, Rochas okorocha enjoys the unflinching support of his Father-in-law and the Governor of the State.
Governor Rochas Okorocha’s jet-setting life around Nigeria and he is also Nigeria’s most nepotistic governor.
Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha travels around Nigeria in private jets with tail numbers listed below.
Learjet – ZS – KAA; Gulfstream – N605JA; Hawker Beechcraft or Embraer Legacy – 5N – PZE
Before he became governor, he had put his private jet on the market for sale.
He is also known to staff his cabinet with in-laws, brothers, wife and cronies, the worst in Nigeria apart from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
His son-in-law, Uche Nwosu married to his first daughter is presently his Chief of Staff, whom he is plotting to impose as the Governor of Imo state come 2019.
The Minister from Imo State Prof. Anthony Anwukah is also his in-law, married to his second daughter, Uju Okorocha. His youngest sister, Ogechi Ololo, is his Deputy Chief of Staff as well as his SA Domestic Affairs.
His wife Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha is in charge of “Amnesty” in Imo State with a five billion naira budget.
His eldest sister, Mrs. Geraldine Obinali, collects all market fees and fines in Imo State.
His eldest brother Gerald receives the account for all Motor Park tolls in Imo State.
His younger brother Okey is in charge at Imo Transport Company. His brother, Jude is in charge of revenue from sand dredging, and any laterite excavation pit in Imo State.
Gov. Okorocha claims that he has built twenty-Seven General hospitals in Imo State but only twenty-six have been under construction in the last six years. Only one has been completed and that one is being run by a medical doctor as a private hospital.
He has never traveled in a commercial flight since he became the Governor of IMO state. Sometimes he flies into Abuja two three times in a day.
He hops around the country in the privates like riding a bike.
His second Daughter Mrs. Uju Rochas Anwukah is appointed as Board member from Imo State.