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Hypocritical “ROCHAS OKOROCHA” Renames, Reneges, On The Assumpta Avenue Matter.

Imo States Rochas Okorocha.
That the governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas “AKPUOLA GI” Okorocha is a FULL TIME practitioner in the act of hypocrisy is no longer news, what is news is the fact that he has some level of FEAR IN HIM, which is good to hear.

When I heard, a few hours ago that one of the most popular stretch of roads in Owerri, the state capital of Imo State, Maria Assumpta Avenue has been renamed hypocritically to Muhammadu Buhari Road, I wasn’t shocked because we who are from Imo State know exactly how our erratic governor behaves, so, nothing takes us by surprise anymore, as he could wake up one morning and rename Imo State to Rochas Okorocha State.

What surprised me was the immediate response by both the governor and his sycophantic Aides who came out to dispel the news, after a huge outcry by the people condemning his very erratic behavior towards governance in Imo State.

A little finding by Vanguard recalls that Assumpta Avenue, with the Zip Code 460211, stretched from the old Library Roundabout, Okigwe/Wetheral Roads, to Assumpta Cathedral, Control Post. It exposed also that following the establishment of banks along the Assumpta Avenue, some residents, including motorcyclists, started calling part of the Avenue, Bank Road.

A staff of one of the banks, who spoke to Vanguard on strict grounds of anonymity, said that most of the banks bear Assumpta Avenue as their official address. He stressed that “it is this Avenue that Governor Rochas Okorocha has sadly changed to Muhammadu Buhari Road”.

Reacting also online, Agunwa Emeka Nzeribe, who claimed to be a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, and a Catholic faithful from Oguta, said that the action of Okorocha in renaming the Assumpta Avenue is unacceptable, but quickly added that “we must treat it with caution”. He wondered why Governor Okorocha should not have opened an entirely new road and name it after the President, like the former Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim did on Musa Yar’Adua Road.

“He is no longer loved by Imo people and he is playing to the gallery to ensure that he wins the favour of the Presidency to enable him install a preferred candidate as his successor. We should ask ourselves what made him stop the unveiling of the remaining statues moulded in New Owerri,” Nzeribe said.

Continuing, the Catholic faithful recalled that everybody in Imo State knows this road as Assumpta Avenue, until recently when banks took over both sides of the road, from Douglas Road Junction, which became known as Bank Road.

As his days, Mr. Nzeribe says, are numbered, I would employ all Imolites to tarry a while in order not to jeopardize chances of the desired change Imo people are yearning for in 2019.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information, Erodit Professor Nnamdi Obiaraeri in a statement defending the governor says that the Assumpta Avenue stays.

According to the Commissioner, the installing of a road sign suggesting a rename of the Assumpta Avenue was an oversight and is highly regretted.

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