Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha appears to have fallen out of favor with President Muhammadu Buhari. A visibly angry Rochas made derogatory remarks against President Buhari in a media chat with Journalists in Owerri.
According to Rochas, President Buhari “Make no mistake about it, All Progressives Congress, APC, is a good party by all standards. But my regret is that President Buhari is not managing our victory very well.
Referring to President Buhari as an “Old Man”, Rochas stated that “I have no doubt in my mind that the old man may succeed. All I pleaded with the Old man to capture in the current fiscal year are in the budget. I want to assure Ndigbo that all that are due to us will definitely get to us.”
Reacting to deregulation of the oil sector, Rochas stated that “I support the deregulation of the oil sector of the nation’s economy.
“I also believe in concessioning government parastatals and agencies. Nothing established by government has ever worked in Nigeria. The Nigeria Airways, NITEL, Nigerian National Shipping Line and all, never worked”, Okorocha said.”
Rochas also threatened workers in Imo State. He said “Anytime workers refuse their salaries, I will use it to carry out projects.
“Pension and internally generated revenue, IGR, are serious problems for me. Only recently, I ordered all the Board of Internal Revenue officers to go on leave, but they have written to say it was unconstitutional to ask all officers to go on leave.”
Recall that Rochas Okorocha had stated he’d back President Buhari’s presidency come 2019. “President Buhari came in and, within one year, Nigeria has once again got the doors of the rest of the world opened for her. He has shown courage, confidence, maturity and strong leadership.
The cause of this new twist is uncertain.