The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday said that he did not have any opposition in the state.
In a statement made available to our correspondent by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor boasted that no reasonable Imo man or woman could come out in protest against him or his administration.
The statement partly read,
"We want to take the floor once again to inform the general public that Governor Rochas Okorocha or his Rescue Mission Administration does not have any opposition in the state. The few elite, whose simple and compound interest is 2019 governorship in the state, do not constitute any opposition in the proper sense of the word and so, they only operate on the social media.
"We want also to state clearly that no reasonable Imo man or woman can come out in protest against Governor Rochas Okorocha or his administration because he has done for them what they never knew could be done by a government in the state.
"Why all these? Those who follow postings on the social media must have read what a faceless or non-existent group that called itself 'Imo Peoples Action for Democracy' with no fixed address or any existing human being behind it, had published threatening to 'occupy Imo' from Monday, December 18, 2017 to Sunday, December 24, 2017 in protest for reasons best known to them.
"When we saw that gimmick, we didn't react to it because we knew it was one of such rooster and bull stories. After all, a one-time speaker of the state House of Assembly had issued a similar threat last year and on the day he said he was going to have a rally against the government, he was not even in Owerri but in Abuja enjoying himself. At the end of the day, nothing happened.
"Today, Monday, December 18, 2017 nothing happened with regard to the empty threat to 'Occupy Imo.' Rather, supporters of the administration gathered in their thousands at the Heroes Square to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari's 75th birthday."
Cutting the cake to mark President Buhari's birthday, the Chief of Staff to Okorocha on Operations, Kingsley Uju, said, "Today, we are seeing genuine love in action. Today, the youths, women and general people of Imo State in their large numbers are celebrating a man who has done so well in protecting the unity of Nigeria and restoring the once-lost integrity of Nigeria.
"Today, we are celebrating a unique man who has transformed the fortunes of this great nation within a short time, a detribalised Nigerian, who enjoys the respect of the international community."