… Talks tough on PVC
In the wake of bad governance and nepotism that have become the order of the day in Imo State under Governor Rochas Okorocha led administration and worsened by the news making the rounds that the governor is planning to plant or impose his son in-law, Hon Uche Nwosu as governor in Imo State come 2019, the Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has urged Christians in general and Catholics in particular to go and get their PVCs (Personal Voters Card).
The Archbishop made this call at the diaconate ordination Mass at Assumpta Cathedral Saturday Feb. 10, 2018.
He said voter’s registration exercise has been ongoing in all the local government headquarters of the nation but the response in the South-East to the exercise had been very poor compared to that of North.
His Grace condemned this laissez faire attitude of the South-Easterners especially the Igbo people to the voter registration exercise. He said it is not enough to sit, weep and lament over the poor governance that has bedeviled Imo State and Nigeria in general, that the people need to be active in politics by securing their voters cards and using them in the next election to vote in the candidates of their choice.
He revealed that the church may adopt some strict measures in the coming months to ensure that she drives everybody to register and secure the voters card.
The Archbishop further condemned in strong words nepotism under the Rochas led government and called the State government to redress its steps.
He also condemned the idea of family succession in government especially the news circulating in the state the Gov. Okorocha wants to plant his son in-law, Hon Uche Nwosu as the next governor of Imo State. He said it is laughable and appalling that the governor sees his son in-law as the only worthy and credible person to be the governor of Imo State. He said the endorsement of his son in-law as the next governor is an insult to the three zones in Imo State. According to him, it is the right of the people to choose their leaders, and it is only when no credible person is found by the people from Owerri, Okigwe and Orlu zones that a keg of palm wine will be carried to Gov. Okorocha to beg him to allow his son in-law to be governor of Imo State.