More than seven thousand Pastors, including Bishops, across Imo State, have adopted the Governorship Candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, as their Candidate for the Saturday, March 9, 2019, Governorship election in the State, adding that, they decided to settle for him to enable the State have someone who would sustain the spiritual, religious, and physical legacies of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The men of God met at the Imo International Convention Centre, IICC, Owerri, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, and looked at the major Governorship Candidates in the State, and at the end of the day, they decided to support the andidacy of Ugwumba Nwosu, stating that, the State cannot at this stage be entrusted into the hands of just any person to govern.
Bishop Innocent Erimujor, one of the foremost Clergymen in the State, who has been in the Ministry for 48years in the State, and who spoke on behalf of the Priests and Bishops in attendance, said that he began his Ministry before the creation of the State, and has been around and could talk about every administration that had governed the State, both Military and Civilian.
He said: “I have become a Priest of God before the creation of Imo State. Right from the time when Imo comprised of Abia and part of Ebonyi States. I also make good to say that I have inherited all administrations in this State till this present one, from Ndubuisi Kanu, to one Adekunle Lawal, and the one from Okigwe (Ike Nwachukwu), and the rest of them.”
He continued: “And since then, I have been keeping records, and also taken my time to compare their developments and achievements scrupulously. You all know me, that I do not play with my words, as long as I am sure that I am hearing clearly from the Lord. Again, I try as much as possible to keep away from the political waters of this State.”
He added: “My fellow men of God, I make bold before you all to say that the Governor before us here, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, in his developmental strides, has performed credibly more than all the achievements of the rest of them that had governed our dear State. When he came up with the issue of succession, I must candidly say that I was obviously one of his ardent opposition to this.”
He continued: “But incidentally, few weeks after, I got an invitation to attend service at the Victory Chapel Government House, just a day to the day of service by the Chaplain, Dr. Bunmi Babs. I was not happy with him, but after much ado, I had to abandon my own service and I saw myself at the Chapel,
“From that time, I was greatly disturbed in the spirit concerning the man Uche Nwosu. The Spirit said, you must go and congratulate him as the future Governor of Imo State. It was a war, I had to ask myself what brought me to this Church today? But then, heaven told me in plain terms that it is a mandate that I must fulfill. And so, before the end of service, I had to lift up myself from my seat and went to him. My words, I hate you Uche Nwosu, but as the Lord mandated me, accept my congratulations as the incoming Governor of Imo State”, he stated
He added “Since this is so now, and there is need for continuity in this administration, I think we shall follow the Lord’s bidding. Looking at past administrations, its only this government that has given concern to the down trodden, built Chapels in all the 27 LGAs, sustained free education that it started, and the Hospitals in all our LGAs, and the CAN Secretariat also in place. I think this is the best thing that has happened to the Christian (orthodox) Churches, in the history of this State. Let us therefore, not allow those after the treasury of this State, to have a reign on it at all. Thank you.”
In his speech earlier, Governor Okorocha said: “The State before I came in 2011, was in total darkness, it took God for light to come into the State. Imo people will be foolish to bring back darkness to the State, as our Children will never forgive us. In Imo today, we are free, never again shall we return to Egypt. It can only take God to do free education. I remember seeing students been chased out from Catholic Schools, Anglican and Methodist Schools, because of School fees, it happened in this land. So, Imo people should never allow free education to go.”
According to him: “The rescue mission government pulled out this State from hardship and evil deities. I changed Ahiajoku and built Chapels for God all around the State. Ekeukwu Market was the Headquarters of deities in Imo State, and one of my greatest achievements as your Governor, was the demolition of Ekeukwu. May I announce to you today, that Imo is now free.”
He added: “I have fought many battles as a Governor, and most people continue to wonder why the fight. The reason is simply to retrieve the soul of Imo State from the vultures. I have told everybody that has cared to listen, that I have the grace of God, and anybody that fights me goes down. Look at all the members of the coalition from Madumere, to the rest of them, where are they now?
“On Imo Governorship, nobody has accused Uche Nwosu of being a fraudster or 419ner, kidnapper, killer, or an arrogant man. Nobody is even attacking Nwosu, but they are all busy attacking Rochas, as if Rochas is running for Governor. I am not running for Governor, and so they should leave me and attack Nwosu, who is contesting against them, and if they have nothing against him, they should go and sleep and throw in the towel”.