- Assures them on security of lives and prosperity •Congratulates the new chairman of the state chapter of NUJ, others•
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum has urged Imo people who have reached the approved voting age to come out en masse on Saturday, March 9, 2019 to vote for the Governorship and House of Assembly candidates of their choice without fear of molestation.
The governor said that the appropriate steps have been taken to ensure that the State that has been known for peace over the years would remain peaceful during the Governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday.
The governor informed that the Security Agencies in the State have set the necessary machineries in motion to ensure the protection of lives and property and to also ensure hitch-free elections.
He urged the electorate to conduct themselves in an orderly manner during the elections and advised parents against allowing their children to be recruited as thugs by heartless and over ambitious politicians in the State.
According to a statement by Sam Onwuemeodo,Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Okorocha advised candidates whose only hope of winning in the Saturday’s election is rigging through carrying of ballot boxes and writing fictitious election results to drop such wicked plots in their own interest because they would never succeed and would have themselves to blame if caught.
The governor insisted that the votes of Imo people must count and advised the Imo electorate to shun Candidates who would take the State backward and feed fat on the treasury of the State if elected.
He wishes Imo people rancour-free elections on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Governor Okorocha has congratulated Mr. Christopher Akaraonye on his emergence as the new Chairman of the State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), and noted that his victory at the election was expected by most of the media practitioners in the state.
The governor congratulated others who were also elected as the new leaders of the State branch of NUJ, including Mr. Emma Odibo, who is the Vice-Chairman, Juliet Dim, who is the new Secretary of the union, and all those elected to be members elected into the new Executive Council.
He called for a United NUJ and advised those who had aspired to occupy one Position or the other, but could not succeed this time, to join hands with the new team in the overall interest of the Journalists in the State.
The governor also advised the new Chairman, Mr. Akaraonye and Members of his EXCO to carry every Journalist in the State along, including those who never supported their election and added that the interest of the Union as a body, should take precedence over personal interest.
The governor assured that the State government would Continue to work in synergy with the NUJ as a body and with the individual journalists.