Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that he has the constitutional power to make appointments until he leaves office on May 29, this year.
The governor made the comment in Owerri on Friday, April 5, following criticisms of his last minute appointments.
Some chieftains of the incoming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the state, had accused the governor of trying to burden the incoming administration with the appointments.
The governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mark Uchendu, inaugurated the chairman and members of some government boards and parastatals less than two months to the end of his tenure.
He charged the inaugurated members to discharge their duties diligently for the good of the state, assuring that the law backed their appointment even as they were entitled to all benefits accruing to their respective offices.
His words: “My government is alive till May 29. So, I still have the rights as empowered by the constitution to make appointments till then.
“I want to assure you that this (the appointment) is backed by law. You will stay in office even after my stay till the end of your tenure and you are entitled to all benefits of your respective positions,” he said.
It could be recalled that last week, Governor Okorocha had also appointed members of the Imo state Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Meanwhile, the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded governorship election in Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma has described Governor Okorocha and his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu as lacking any electoral value.
He also accused the two of colluding with the PDP to exclude result of votes cast for the APC from the final votes announced in order to rob it of its deserved victory in the governorship and state house of assembly elections.
Senator Uzodinma, in a statement on Friday, April 5 by the director of media and special duties of his campaign organization, Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba, stated that Okorocha and Nwosu were celebrating their failure because their only goal was their failed attempt to destroy APC.
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