Governor Rochas Okorocha has defended his decision to erect a huge statue of Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa in Owerri the Imo State capital.
According to a statement released by the Imo state Government, Governor Okorocha erected the statue of the South African President in Imo to attract investment to the state.
It explained that Zuma’s 2-day visit to Imo state was to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Rochas foundation college of Africa and Jacob Zuma education foundation. He added that he also met with prominent businessmen in the state such as the chairman of Innoson Motors, Leo Stan Ekeh of Zinox Computers, Pascal Dozie of Diamond Bank, and a host of other business men.
The statement further claimed that the controversy that met the Governors decision to honour President Zuma was orchestrated by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying “If it was in the days of PDP, Schools and Markets would have been shot down. And roads closed because President Zuma was coming. But none of such things was done because Rochas and his government have human face.
The PDP for the 12 years they held sway never attracted any meaningful visitor to the State except PDP NEC members who were coming to loot the State.” structures as possible.
The statement also noted that the Imo State Government owes no apology for erecting the statue.
“And in case these “Galatians” do not know, if all we need to do to attract good things or investments to Imo is erecting statues, then, we have no option than to erect as many of such structures as possible. We owe no one apology. Rochas made a promise to open the doors of Imo to the rest of the world, for good and he is doing that and we cannot be deterred by these enemies of our people,” a statement released by the Imo state government said