By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Okorocha had last week announced an immediate release of N1 million for sharing to pupils of primary and secondary schools in the state as his parting gift in addition to the approval of N7.5billion for the renovation of public schools. He had followed that up by visiting public schools in the state capital where he gave out N1000 to each secondary school student while primary school pupils went home with N500.
Addressing the members of his Rescue Mission team ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari‘s campaign visit to Owerri Tuesday, January 29, 2019, Governor Okorocha explained that he was doing that to get money properly circulated in every community.
The governor, who urged local government chairmen and councillors to ensure that every child in primary and secondary schools also get the new bag already being distributed, said “This my gesture is very important to me because think of a mother that has three children in secondary school, and two in primary, when her children return home with the money, she can add them up to start up petty trading”.
In the closed door meeting, which had in attendance, Okorocha’s son in-law and governorship candidate of Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, local government chairmen and councillors, government appointees, Governor Okorocha commended them for a well-attended rally they were able to put up in the state last Friday when the AA governorship candidate flagged off statewide campaign, describing the rally as a huge statement of strength that has been noticed even beyond the state.
On President Buhari‘s planned campaign visit on Tuesday, Okorocha urged them to mobilise three time more than the crowd that participated in the AA governorship rally in the state last weekend, because, according to him, what AA had with APC was a perfect alliance.
“Tuesday is going to be a test for AA and APC. It is the day our enemies will know that we are in charge in Imo state. On that say, I want to tell you to expect the kind of trouble that our enemies caused during the First Lady’s visit, but we must not allow them to have their way”, Okorocha said.
He told his followers that having felt his strength, the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole was now looking for his reconciliation at a meeting in Abuja Saturday, a move he described as more dangerous.
The governor who made available funds for mobilisation of 3523 buses to ferry people from the various polling booths in the state, however, advised that Uche Nwosu’s banners and branded shirts should not be worn on that day. He told them that Uche’s candidacy and victory would be a defining moment for the people of the state because “If Hope eventually wins, local government chairmen and councillors will be dissolved, free education will be scrapped”.