By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The outgoing governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, said history will vindicate him, even as he admitted that he is the most misunderstood and controversial governor the state has ever produced.
Okorocha, who bared his mind at the commissioning of the Justice Chukwudifu Akunne Oputa High Court Complex, Owerri, said his passion and vision in trying to reposition the state made him to bend rules and regulations while in office, adding that he had no regrets for his actions.
While arguing that if he had strictly adhered to the usual style of governance, he would not have achieved much, Okorocha insisted that he “came in through the window of the masses and not through the doors of the elite and I am crazy in my vision and passion for a greater Imo State and nothing has affected my oblongata.”
Continuing, the outgoing governor opined that “for resisting and restraining some indigenes of the state to continue ‘business as usual’ in government, I was derided, scorned and maligned as Okoro Hausa and Aboki.”
He took some time off to enumerate what he described as his achieve-ments in the past eight years, stressing that his works will speak for him.
His words: “Let my works speak for me after leaving office. I am not in the business of wasting the tax payers’ money to commi-ssion projects because I believe that such funds should be channelled to other productive ventures. I have set a standard which any incoming governor would not beat.”
Speaking also, the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Paschal Nnadi, said the commissioning of the court complex would go a long way to reduce the current suffocating situation of insufficient court facilities, which he said for many years gave rise to the uncomfortable situation where two or more judges shared one court hall.