Governor Rochas Ethelbert Anayo Okorocha of Imo state has come to be known for erecting the images of global personalities and the creation of Ministry of happiness in the state. He has also made some marks in community development, health, education, agriculture, science and technology among others.
But the question many people are posing at this time is whether the feats are capable of retaining the state for his political party – All Progressive Congress, APC. Please join others to provide answers for the best interest of Imo state and Nigeria.
Okorocha was born in Umuduruehughara in Ogboko, Ideato-South Local Government Area of Imo State on September 22, 1962 to the family of Mr & Mrs Nicholas, Josephine Okorocha. He attended Juladaco High School, Jos (1976-1981) and later, University of Jos (1990-1991) where he obtained a diploma in Public Administration. He returned to the University of Jos (1993-1994) to obtain an advanced diploma in Public Administration. During his early childhood, Rochas tried his best to provide for his needs by engaging in petty trading since his parents were poor.
After his tertiary education, Rochas ventured into business and later became the founder of Rochas Group of Companies Limited which deals in automobiles and cosmetics.
Rochas Okorocha ventured into politics after establishing himself firmly in business. He became a Commissioner in the Federal Character Commission and a Member of the National Constitutional Conference. Upon Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, he contested for the office of Governor in Imo State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but lost to Chief Achike Udenwa during the primaries. Shortly after, he left the PDP and joined the All Nigerians Peoples Party (ANPP) where he contested for the office of the President in 2003 but lost the ticket to General Muhammadu Buhari at the primaries. He returned to the PDP thereafter and President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him a Special Adviser on Inter-Party affairs and later, Chairman of Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA).
Later in 2007, he took another shot at the presidency on the platform of the PDP but lost at the primaries to the late Umaru Musa Yar’adua.
In September 2010, Rochas Okorocha was called by some interest groups and citizens from Imo State to come and rescue the State from the forces of bad governance and retrogression caused by the PDP-led government. He accepted the request and contested for the office of governor in April 2011 and emerged victorious.
On May 29, 2011, Rochas Okorocha was sworn-in as the14th Governor of Imo State and the 5th to be democratically elected. He contested for the office of governor on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in April 2011 but later decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013 from where he contested and won a second term in office.