Rochas Okorocha (Views: 9,348)

Rochas Okorocha
Position: Governor of Imo State

Status: In Office

Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha (b. 22 September 1962) is a Nigerian politician from Imo state, Nigeria who won the 6 May 2011 gubernatorial election in Imo state. He ran on the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) platform.[1] Rochas defeated his closest rival, incumbent governor Ikedi Ohakim, by a wide margin of votes.


Rochas, an Igbo, was born on 22 September 1962 in Ogboko, Ideato South, Imo State. He attended Juladaco High School, Jos (1976-1981). He studied at the University of Jos (1990-1991), obtaining a diploma in Public Administration. He returned to the University of Jos (1993-1994) to obtain an advanced diploma in Public Administration.[2] Career positions include President, Nigeria Red Cross Society, President/Founder, Rochas Foundation Inc, President, Rochas Group of Companies Limited, Pro Chancellor, African Business School and Former Chairman, Board of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.[2]

Early political career

Rochas was a Commissioner on the Federal Character Commission and a Member of the National Constitutional Conference.[2] When democracy was restored in 1999, Rochas Okorocha competed in the primaries to be People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor of Imo State, but lost to Achike Udenwa.[3] He moved to the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP), and was an unsuccessful candidate for President on the ANPP platform in 2003. He returned to the PDP, and President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him as Special Adviser on Inter-Party affairs.[4]

Rochas Okorocha formed the Action Alliance (AA) party in 2005, planning to become a Presidential candidate for the AA in the 2007 elections.[4] He again returned to the PDP, and in September 2007 indicated that he was interested in becoming PDP National Chairman.[5] After Governor Ikedi Ohakim decamped from the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) to the PDP in July 2009, Okorocha denied that Ohakim had taken over the PDP in the state, saying he was named as leader since he was governor, but a proper PDP congress should be held to decide on policy.[6]

Imo state governor

Okorocha decamped from the PDP to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to run as APGA candidate for Imo State Governor in the April 2011 national elections. A few weeks later, in December 2010 the APGA suspended Okorocha from the party over what it described as anti-party activities pending an investigation of his conduct.[7] It was reported that he had stormed the Imo State Secretariat of APGA with dozens of thugs, who beat up several top officers of the Party. Okorocha and his companions had also threatened the Imo State Chairman and Secretary of APGA.[8] However, Okorocha went on to campaign as APGA candidate.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared that the Imo State gubernatorial elections held on 26 April 2011 were inconclusive since the collation of results was marred by irregularities.[9] The INEC ordered reruns in four local government areas and one ward, to be held on 6 May 2011.[10] In the event, elections were not held in Oguta local government area due to a security threat.[11] The final results had Okorocha of the APGA declared winner with 336,859 votes. He was followed by the incumbent governor Ikedi Ohakim of the PDP with 290,490 votes. Former Senator Ifeanyi Araraume of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was third with 107,068 votes.[10] President Goodluck Jonathan congratulated Rocha on his election, saying the people of Imo State had spoken through the ballot box.[12]

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Free education for children of school age from Primary to University Promise Kept
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It is no longer news that lmo Sate has become the first in Nigeria where children of school age go to school from Primary to University free. Pupils/students will be provided... read more

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I have a lot of political enemies in IMO state who wants to bring down my government by all means True
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I have a lot of political enemies in IMO state who wants to bring down my government by all means, especially ABUJA based IMO politicians. Henceforward, I will deal decisively with... read more

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By Okodili Ndidi, on April, 27 2015

Only 118,803 Voters For Imo Rerun – INEC
By Stanley Uzoaru on April, 22 2015

Presidential poll: OMPALAN greets Buhari, hails Jonathan
By The Sun on April, 8 2015

Akpan: APC has come to stay in Akwa Ibom
By Raymond Mordi on February, 12 2015

Okorocha distributes desks, chairs, others to public schools
By Vanguard News on January, 16 2015

2015: I’m still in the race —Ararume •Vows to dislodge Ihedioha as Imo PDP guber candidate
By News Express on December, 30 2014

2015 Imo guber: Students adopt Ihedioha
By George Onyejiuwa on December, 26 2014

Imo guber: Araraume and his many battles .
By Chuks Eze on December, 19 2014

Okorocha picks Imo APC Governorship Ticket hours after losing presidential bid
By News Express on December, 12 2014

2015: How I plan to end insurgency if elected president – Okorocha
By osundefender on December, 4 2014




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