- Governor Rochas Okorocha has accused the governor-elect of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, of impersonating him
- Okorocha reminded the incoming governor that he was still handling the affairs of the state as embedded in the constitution
- The governor also criticised the two committees raised by the governor-elect, saying Ihedioha does not know what governance entails
Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has accused the governor-elect of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, of impersonating him.
The governor made the accusation in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, April 9 by his spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo.
Irked by the recent actions of Ihedioha, Okorocha reminded the incoming governor that he was still handling the affairs of the state as embedded in the constitution.
Okorocha, who also criticised the two committees raised by the governor-elect, said it smacked signs of lack of vision of what governance entails.
Part of the statement read: “Owelle Rochas Okorocha is the governor of Imo state as we write and for Chief Emeka Ihedioha to be acting as governor and conducting activities meant for a sitting governor is impersonation. And he should be advised to maintain certain level of decorum or decency.
“Again, for Ihedioha to set up what he termed transition technical committee of 139 members and that of the governorship inauguration committee of 323 members shows that he does not even know what the governing of a state is all about. He, therefore, needs some tutorials in that regard.
“In less than 30 minutes after the reported fire incident at the Imo Airport, Ihedioha rushed to the airport to inspect damages caused by the fire and also issued directives to the management of the airport. Did he do that in his capacity as what? Is he the governor of the state?
“Besides, the governor has replied his critics against property acquisition allegation, saying that they (property) are in some cities in the country that it would be difficult for anyone to count them.”
Okorocha, who also spoke with journalists at the Government House, Owerri, said that he owned property beyond Imo state, including Lagos, Abuja and other cities.
His words: “They cannot count all my property. They should not only count here (Imo). They should come to Abuja and Lagos to count my property. I hear some people are making noise. They should stop wasting their time.”
He also debunked the allegation that at the twilight of his administration, he was selling government property, such as cars and others, dismissing such as untrue.
“It is not possible. They said I have sold cars and others. It is not true. The government that starts with lies, will end with lies,” he said.
Meanwhile, Governor Okorocha has clarified that he still 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.
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