Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday said
he had forgiven Igbo leaders and politicians, who
persecuted him for joining the All Progressives
The governor said his decision had been vindicated
by the number of Igbo leaders who have joined the
Okorocha spoke when senior priests of the
Methodist Church of Nigeria, led by the Prelate, Dr.
Samuel Kanu Uche, visited him at the Government
House in Owerri.
He said: “I have forgiven politicians in Imo State
and the Southeast, who branded me Boko Haram
because I was part of the merger that gave birth to
“The persecution and name calling got worse during
campaigns for the 2015 elections, when I was
labelled an Alhaji in Government House, and
accused of working with Muhammadu Buhari to
Islamise the Igbo.
“Even the Chapel I built inside the Government
House was branded a Mosque because my
opponents did all they could to incite the people
against me but, the more they worked, the more
Imo people appreciated me.
“It gives me great joy today that most Igbo leaders
are seeing what I saw that made me join the merger
that metamorphosed into APC.”
Dr. Uche told Okorocha they were in the state for a
two-day apostolic visit to the churches, saying he
was happy with the governor’s visionary leadership.
The prelate reminded the governor that those who
like to share money won’t appreciate what he is
doing but the less-privileged, who benefit from his
projects and policies, would appreciate him.
He urged Okorocha to remain focused and not be