GOVERNOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA URGES THE MILITARY TO ENSURE FREE & FAIR ELECTION

GOVERNOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA URGES THE MILITARY TO ENSURE FREE & FAIR ELECTION
GOVERNMENT OF IMO STATE
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SUBJECT:GOVERNOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA URGES THE MILITARY TO ENSURE FREE &
FAIR ELECTION
-CALLS FOR SEVERE PUNISHMENT FOR POLITICIANS WHO GIVE TOUTS MILITARY,
AND POLICE UNIFORMS DURING ELECTION.
-AS THE NEW GOC 82 DIVISION OF THE NIGERIA ARMY, MAJOR GENERAL A.C.
MAIKOBI PAYSHIM COURTESY CALL
The Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has urged the military
to ensure free and fair election during this year’s Poll. He also
called for severe Punishment for Politicians who clothe touts or
hoodlums with army and Police uniforms during elections, adding
that these hoodlums wearing these unauthorized uniforms commit heinous
things during the elections.

Governor Rochas Okorocha with the newGOC 82 Division of the Nigeria Army Enugu, Major General A.C. Maikobi, (1stleft), Commander 34 FAB Obinze, Brigadier General H.I. Bature (2nd left), Commissioner of Police Imo, Mr. Dasuki Galadanchi, (1st right) and other Senior Officers, when the GOC paid courtesy call on the governor on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Government House Owerri.
The governor had spoken when the new General Officer Commanding (GOC)
the 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu paid him courtesy call on
Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Government House Owerri, stressing
that this is the time all hands must be on deck and ensure that the
nation’s democracy is saved.
Owelle told the GOC “You have been posted at a critical time in the
period of electioneering. We request that the Military should do the
needful to ensure free and fair election. I have no doubt that the army
will do the needful by ensuring free Conduct of these elections”.
He stated “We are not unmindful of the fact that some unpopular and
unpatriotic Politicians sow Army, Police and Navy uniforms and give
them to touts or hoodlums to use during elections. I urge the army to
start by fishing out these unpatriotic Politicians and ensure that
they get the kind of punishment they deserve, to help our democracy”.
He continued “One of the major problems we have as a nation is that
people who are not chosen by the people are seen holding public offices
because they won through the backyards. This is the major problem of
our democracy. I urge you to correct this aspect of our democracy by
ensuring free and fair Poll”.
According to him “In Imo State, going by public opinion the people
already know who will be their governor, Senators,House of
Representatives etc. They know all of them by the way they
pronounce them and their actions but sometimes it comes to them as a
rude shock when some body they never expected, emerges and the person
did so through manipulations.This is a time for all hands to be on
deck and ensure that our democracy is saved”.
He added “We have all agreed that democracy is the best way of
government but in this present democracy comes a lot of problems. It
brings hatred, gossips, bickering and all forms of evil activities. I
want to urge all Nigerians to know that no matter what happens,we are
members of this one family called Nigeria and we are duty bound
to protect the integrity of Nigeria”.
In his speech earlier, Major General Maikobi said he had come with his
team to inform the governor that he has takenover as the GOC of the 82
Division of the Nigeria Army Enugu and to also inform him that they
have flagged off operation Egwueke 3 in the South-East with
their headquarters at Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.
General Maikobi said “For ease of command and administration we have
divided the command into sectors, one inOwerri. The exercise is not
aimed at any person or group. Our purpose is to apply every effort
within our capacity to checkmate criminals and criminality.We will
work in accordance with the law and create an atmosphere of
peace within our different localities”.
He remarked “Our relationship with the people will be most cordial and
the people have nothing to fear as our men have been warned to work
according to laid down rules and principles”.
Sam Onwuemeodo
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
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