USAfrica: Imo Gov Rochas Okorocha hints at possible 2015 Nigerian Presidential run.
By Chido Nwangwu, Founder of USAfrica
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USAfrica: Gov. Rochas Anayo Okorocha of Imo State of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has made what USAfrica multimedia networks (Houston) see as a telling and signal indication that Imo Governor Okorocha may be positioning for a Nigerian presidential run in 2015 (or later). He rhetorically, asked and wondered about the value of his remaining as chief executive of Imo State for another tenure of four years (after his first term ends in 2015) IF he has done all of what he needs to do as Governor.
Also, he spoke about the challenges of enhancing the APGA political party base ahead of the 2015 presidential politics and the practical issues of the perceived and actual disagreements between him and the first and only other APGA Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State.
The Governor reiterated that he is a member of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and that the 2011 death of the leader of APGA and respected hero Ikemba Ojukwu is not the end of the party. Okorocha added he and Governor Peter Obi are in good terms.
He asked where — within the context of the Nigerian presidential elections — will the Igbo be in 2015? Gov. Okorocha said that the Igbo need to have a representative at the apex level in 2015. He won the elections of April 2011, beating the poorly performing incumbent governor Ikedi Ohakim (of the PDP).
The Governor who wrapped up a 3 day visit to Houston, Texas on Tuesday morning July 17, 2012, spoke at three events on the achievements of his administration in building new and refurbishing some government administration facilities, offering free education for kids in school.
On Saturday early evening July 14, at Marriot west loop, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Economic adviser Nick Opara-Ndudu brilliantly outlined the agenda for business while the commissioner for Housing and Urban Development Prince Dr. Charles Onuoha presented the Diaspora Village concept. (USAfrica’s Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu had an exclusive interview with Onuoha).
Mrs. Veronica Adaora Ijezie who serves as the Commissioner for Agriculture spotlighted the opportunities in Imo State. The delegation included the Secretary to the government Prof. Anwuka, Senator Izunasor, Eze Imo Agunwa Ohiri, Commissioner for Information Chinedu Offor, Commissioner for Lands and Survey Uche Nwosu, the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) Lisa Asugha, Okey Dike General Manager of Imo Entraco, and several others.
On Saturday night, Okorocha made a very impressive speech encouraging the younger Imo youth who came from the greater Houston community and Dallas for the ‘Generation Rochas’ dinner led by Linda Adanma Anukwem, supported by TIna Amadi, Louisa Kinoshi and several others.
He addressed the Imo State community in the Houston area on Sunday July 15 evening at the Turkey Community center in southwest Houston.
The Governor’s trip was not without some scheduling/time/lateness challenges, especially the cancellations of both the Saturday July 14 morning press conference at Hilton Hotel southwest and the afternoon youth conference at Marriot hotel westchase Houston. The same day, early evening at the Marriot west loop event, Governor Okorocha said that “I’m not looking for money; we have too much money. We are looking for partnerships.”
The core message USAfrica deducted from the speeches and efforts of Governor Okorocha of the high-literacy south eastern state of Imo is: Imo State wants to prove to the world that it is ready for business! Special report by Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn
Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com and the Nigeria360 e-group. http://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/ : IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary at USAfricaonline.com http://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/
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USAfrica: Ikemba ODUMEGWU OJUKWU’s farewell in Aba, today February 28, 2012, reflected a fitting tribute, historically meaningful celebration, proper regard and deserving appreciation of the greatest Igbo, in my opinion, to have ever lived (like him or hate him).
I SALUTE Aba (aka Enyimba city), the robust and fearless town I was born, bred and raised, for giving the Ikemba, our Ochiagha, Gburugburu, Oka oburu uzo, dike na ndu ma n’onwu, mgbadike anyi, a hero’s farewell.
To the Ikemba, may your valiant soul rest in peace and dignity.
We will, and I, Chido Nwangwu, will never forget to continue to tell my generation and the next about your towering courage through tempest and thunder; through sorrow, pain, tears, blood….
•Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn.
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