- The faceoff between Governor Emeka Ihedioha and his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, seems to have no end in sight
- This is as Okorocha has accused Ihedioha of wasting not less than N2.8 billion on monthly sanitation exercise
- In his reply, the governor said that Okorocha during his administration in the state stole the sum of N1 trillion from the state's treasury, adding that his allegations against him are false
Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo has responded to allegations against him by his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, over waste and mismanagement of state funds since he took over office.
According to New Telegraph, Okorocha had accused Governor Ihedioha of spending not less than N2.8 billion on monthly sanitation exercise.
Moreover, Ihedioha had said that Okorocha accused him of building personal houses in Owerri in just two months.
However, Ihedioha, in a statement by his special media adviser, Steve Osuji, said that Okorocha's allegations are both false and unfounded, adding that the former governor stole over N1 trillion from the state's treasury.
The statement said: “Available records show that in eight years, former Governor Okorocha mismanaged about N1 trillion belonging to Imo state.
"We are taking our time in unveiling the numerous atrocities of the last administration and, certainly, he must answer for all the evil he did against the people of Imo state.
“It is very strange that a former governor could sit and concoct lies. How could Governor Ihedioha spend N2.8 billion on sanitation? What was it used for? Okorocha’s problem is that he is so used to lies that he no longer knows the difference between lies and the truth."
According to the statement, the state spends only about N25 million on sanitation and the bulk of the funds come from support from corporate organizations as part of their corporate social responsibility.
“Okorocha also alleged that Governor Ihedioha has, within two months in office, built a hotel in Abuja and new houses in Owerri and his village.
"This further shows that the man, Okorocha is sick. As at today, Governor Ihedioha operates from his private residence in Owerri, following the pillage and vandalism of Government House by former Governor Okorocha and his cronies. How could he say the governor is building new houses, when he owns a palatial residence in Owerri, where he operates from and mansions in his village, built many years ago?
“The question is: are houses built in two months? Only Okorocha can build a house in two months and it collapses after a short while. Imo people already know that Okorocha is a habitual liar and should not be taken seriously.
“He cannot get over the fact that his puppet in-law failed; he is also in pains that he has not been able to extend his dynasty in Imo."
"But no amount of falsehood will deter the people’s governor, Ihedioha, from fulfilling his electoral promise of rebuilding Imo state. The present administration shall remain on course in its efforts to recover Imo people’s funds and property looted by Rochas Okorocha and his cronies.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Okorocha had said that Ihedioha did not win the election that brought him into office.
Okorocha made the comment while speaking at a town hall meeting at his home town of Ogboko community in Imo.
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