- Governor Rocha Okorocha faults the governor-elect of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha, for telling financial institutions not to have dealings with the state government
- The Imo state government alleges that Ihedioha’s interests in the treasury of the state is because the governor-elect is planning on sharing the state’s money when he assumes office
Governor Rocha Okorocha has said the governor elect of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha, does not have the right to issue directives to financial Institutions over their dealings with the state government until May 29, 2019.
Okorocha in a statement on Friday, March 15, through Sam Onwuemeodo, his chief press secretary, described as unfortunate media reports that Ihedioha cautioned financial institutions against doing business with the state government.
The Imo state government alleged that Ihedioha’s interests in the treasury of the state was because the governor elect is planning on sharing the state’s money when he assumes office, Vanguard reports.
"We are also not surprise at his issuing the directive because as a PDP man, his interest, first and foremost, will be the treasury of the State, and the “policy” or the slogan of “share the money” will soon come back, but he should exercise patience and wait till he is sworn-in. He shouldn’t be in a hurry," the statement noted.
The statement said the current administration will continue to carry out programmes and policies until May 29, 2019.
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The government described as an act of hostility any directives to financial institutions in the state ahead of the handover date. It called on financial institutions to disregard such directive and continue to do business with the statement government.
“We urge Imo people to remain calm and not to do anything that would threaten the peace of the State, especially when the attention of the world has been drawn to the inglorious role of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State “Prof.” Francis Ezeonu in the Conduct of the 2019 elections and the outcome," the government said.
Meanwhile, the Imo state governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, has said the state would no longer be the laughing stock of Nigeria as his priority will be the restoration of the dignity of the state when he resumes office.
Speaking at his maiden press conference since his election as governor of the state on Thursday, March 14, Ihedioha said only positive, productive and progressive stories will be told of the new Imo state when he begins his administration, The Sun reports.
The governor-elect promised to represent the interest of all the people of Imo state and urged the people to unite in the pursuit of the common good.
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