Imo won’t pull down Zuma’s statue, says Okorocha

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Following the forced resignation of Jacob Zuma as the President of South Africa , owing to corruption allegations , the Imo State government says the statue it erected in honour of the embattled ex-President will not be pulled down.

Okorocha had in October hosted Zuma in Owerri , where his statue was unveiled; a chieftaincy title was conferred on him and a major road was named after him .

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But , reacting to calls by some persons for the statue to be removed after his resignation , a statement on Friday by the governor ’ s Chief Press Secretary , Mr. Sam Onwuemeudo , said Zuma , who he said did not receive any formal education , rose to play a major role in the freedom of the people of South Africa .

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The statement partly read , “He resigned honourably , and after his coming to Imo where he spoke against the killings of Nigerians in South Africa, the situation came under control, to a large extent.

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“ Zuma came to Imo to partner Rochas Foundation College for Africa . He didn’ t come for politics. And even after his departure as President , he would still go ahead to make his contributions to the education of the underprivileged children in Africa .”

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Meanwhile, some citizens of the state have called on the governor to pull down the statue of Zuma , who was asked by his party, African National Congress, to resign over corruption allegations .

The Publicity Secretary of The Labour Party in Imo State, Uchechukwu Echerecho , urged the state government to pull down the statue with immediate effect .

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He said, “It is the greatest joke of the century that Jacob Zuma ’s statue is still standing . The Imo State government should pull it down with immediate effect . South Africans have rejected Jacob Zuma so it is wrong for him to be accepted in Nigeria , especially in Imo State. ”

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Also , the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state , Damian Opara , said apart from pulling down the statue , the South African government should refund the money spent in hosting Zuma and erecting his statue in the state.

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