- Governor Emeka Ihedioha accused his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, of selling state assets to himself
- Ihedioha said his administration inherited nothing from his predecessor other than huge debts, abandoned or poorly executed projects as well as infrastructural decay
- Okorocha's media aide, however, denied the allegations, saying Ihedioha had been spreading lies about Okorocha since he assumed office
Emeka Ihedioha, governor of Imo state, has accused his immediate predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, his predecessor, of mismanaging the state's resources.
According to The Cable, Ihedioha said his administration inherited nothing from his predecessor other than huge debts, abandoned or poorly executed projects as well as infrastructural decay.
The Imo state governor accused Okorocha of selling government properties to himself.
He said: “It’s not about whether I like you or not… In Ideato south local government where the former governor comes from, they haven’t had light for eight years… The man said he was doing concession but state assets were sold off. To who? To himself, you said you sell for N3 billion, where are the records of sale? Who did you pay to?"
Ihedioha said things were so bad under Okorocha that he could not even attract electricity to Ideato south local government, where he (Okorocha) is from, throughout his eight years in power.
“The matter is not about me but about the man who governed for eight years. He had the mandate of the people supposedly, what did he do with it? Those are the issues,” Ihedioha added.
He also spoke about the state of Imo government house, narrating how neither he nor his deputy could reside or work from there.
“We inherited practically nothing when we assumed office. When I came in, I only saw four vehicles, two jeeps without functioning air conditioner and two pilot vehicles,” the Imo governor reiterated.
“That was all I met. Nothing was left for the deputy, there was no deputy governor’s lodge. I had to purchase a vehicle for the deputy governor. As I speak, he has no official residence or office as well. He had to stay in a hotel for two weeks. His private house is under renovation. Sadly Imo state is heavily indebted and our priority is to first of all offset these major debts.”
The governor, however, said he is now working so hard to restore confidence in the people, saying the experience of the last eight years has given them a wrong impression of those in position of authority.
Reacting to Ihedioha's statement, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha’s spokesman, denied the allegations, saying his principal executed more than 1000 projects in the state.
Onwuemeodo said since Ihedioha assumed office, he had been spreading lies about Okorocha.
His words: “This governor is just acting like a typical PDP person. Everything is all lies. If you say Okorocha did what is not up to standard, why not do your own? At the rate he is going, he would not achieve one-quarter of what Okorocha achieved. Imo people are already getting fed up with him."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ihedioha stopped the payment of salaries to some civil servants who he alleged their recruitment was illegal.
The workers affected were those employed under the administration of Okorocha between January 2018 and March 29, 2019.
According to the governor, the recruitment of the affected workers did not follow due process.
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