An Imo State-based cleric, evangelist Victor Anuzuo has lamented the continuing disputes between the political class in the State, describing it as silly.
He spoke with journalists in Owerri, the capital of the state of Imo, on Saturday, amid reports a few days ago, showing how the former immediate governor of the state of Imo and now a senator representing the senatorial district of Imo West, Rochas Okorocha allegedly awarded contracts for a sum of 20 billion Naira to a company whose address and property raised many suspicions.
Some of the contracts awarded by the company include the Akachi or Mano de Dios Towers, which was commissioned by the Vice President towards the end of Okorocha’s administration as governor.
However, evangelist Victor has said that the former governor may not be guilty since the reports portrayed him.
Anuzuo, who said he did not support the former governor’s plan to install his son-in-law as his successor in the last elections, also criticized him for remaining in the APC, which he says has not fulfilled his promises to Nigerians. .
“Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha is not my friend, I cannot sincerely affirm that he is his supporter, especially, of his recent political activities and objectives, which include the desire to install his son-in-law as his successor, as I continue forward to take a seat in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I did not support that then, and I will not support it tomorrow, but that does not mean that the former governor is all shades of evil as some people, especially, the media assistants of the current governor are determined to present it as.
“As a man of God and accountant for training, I believe that I owe society to tell the truth to power always, no matter whose ox has been cornered. I am not a politician, but a vessel of God for the correction of social ills, even to serve as a voice for the oppressed and the defamed.
I will not support evil against anyone, no matter how much I hate that person and what personal reservations I may have against that individual, “he said.
Speaking of the recent revelations related to the award of contracts to a certain Zigreat Construction Company, the ardent evangelist described Imo’s political space as a “dumb season” and the publication, as “contiguous.”
“I believe that we are taking politics too far in this State, and in an attempt to defame those we do not like or consider as political opponents, we deliberately sponsor strong publications against them, to present them as evils before the public eye.
“Why don’t we think about the sanity of the population and the sanctity of the truth? As leaders, I think there should be a limit to the politics and politicization of problems. Development for one should not be politicized.
“For example, in the letters that are trending on social networks, I see nothing wrong with those letters, unless someone convinces me that there is something wrong with them.
Does the governor have no right to award contracts? Is there a law that prohibits the governor from granting a certain amount of contracts to a company? Are those projects not visible? I think this is what our judgment on this matter should inform, and not the unnecessary sensationalization that the publication of these letters has received, ”he said.
Recalling that the address of Ugbele Street in Ideato South, raises serious doubts about the existence of that company and also the fact that the company allegedly registered three months before obtaining its first contract from the administration of Okorocha, the ardent cleric has this to say:
“I can tell you with confidence that there is a community in Ideato South with that name. Be Ugbele and is a few meters from Orlu in Orlu LGA del Estado.
I don’t know what the state procurement laws say about that, but the truth is that I see nothing wrong with awarding contracts to a company that is three months old. What I consider a development expert and an accountant is whether the contract was executed and we will execute it. ”
On whether the contracts were executed, the evangelist Anuzuo showed some photos on his phone that indicated that some of the projects were in different stages of completion.
According to him, “I know that the Okorocha administration built the Imo State University of Agriculture and Environment from scratch to its current stage.
A university is never completed, there will always be room for expansion and further development. In Uvuru, Aboh-Mbaise, where the university is located, I can count more than 25 buildings that have been completed.
The same with that of Onuimo. More than 30 buildings have been completed there and are standard high-rise structures. These structures were not there before now.
“The new police headquarters is one of the best in the country, the office blocks of the Ministry of Happiness have been built, office blocks of the Ministry of Agriculture in Ngor-Okpala, the Niger Delta Ministry and the Sub-treasure building that became the Government House Clinic. These projects are verifiable and I would like you to visit them yourself to see things for yourself. ”
On the cost of building those projects, the cleric said: “I want to say that building the Akachi Towers and the Field of Worship with 700 million Naira, according to reports, seems to me a great advantage. But when he considers that the tower was seen as the tallest monument in Africa, he wonders if it was worth it.
The statue of Robert Mugabe in Harare cost about 5 million dollars, equivalent to 1.8 billion dollars, the Eiffel Towers in France, which can be discarded as a simple cost of wrought iron, the equivalent of 143,000 million Naira to build . I can go on and on.
“In addition, the sponsors of that publication seem to forget that the award of contracts is not the same as the payment of such contracts. We need evidence to show that these monies were paid and we need to know how much has been paid so far.
If all the money has been paid, what is the work on stage at the different sites? Until then, I can tell you that Rochas is not guilty of corruption until his accusers prove otherwise.