A surprising drama played out in Imo State ahead of the handover ceremony to the incoming government in the state.
Governor Rochas Okorocha’s exit from the government house in the south east state will remain memorable as it created serious attention due to what people did when he was packing out of the Governor’s lodge.
It was an emotional scene to behold at the Imo State Government House on Tuesday, as the outgoing Governor Okorocha formally vacated the governor’s lodge amidst the large number of his supporters following him and expressing their feelings over the development.
According to Information Nigeria, the ceremony saw supporters, political appointees and aides weep openly as the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was lowered.
It was reported that the security men had a hard time curtailing a teeming crowd of supporters who pushed through to get a final glimpse of the governor as he leaves office.
Okorocha left the venue in a long convoy to his private residence in Spibat, in Owerri.
Speaking at the ceremony, Okorocha said: “I have not broken the law, I only bend to achieve results. I do things the other way and I get results. I remember in 2011 when darkness ravaged and people cannot go out for fear of being kidnapped but today Imo is a secured state.”
“So I can say that I came, I saw and I conquered. I am not here to make speeches on my achievements but I want to tell you about the Imo state that I want to handover. I encourage you to support the new government in power.”
The office of the governor is a seal covering people, it is like a mask covering me and if you remove that mask you will see the real Rochas that is bigger than the governor. Let those that are fighting stop as I leave the Government House today”.
Okorocha will be handing over to the Governor-Elect of the state, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
No one knows what the next political move of Okorocha will be having vacated office as Governor.
His ambition to go to the Senate is still facing serious challenge as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has refused to recognise him as winner of the Imo West Senatorial District election. The matter is yet to be resolved.
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