- The battle of words between Governor Hope Uzodinma and Senator Rochas Okorocha is still ongoing
- Governor Uzodinma is now claiming that the crux of their disagreement is due to his refusal to cover up illegal acts by Okorocha
- The duo have been at loggerheads for months despite being members of the APC
Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma says his recent disagreement with ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha is because he refused to cover-up the former governor's illegalities while in office.
Uzodinma's claims were contained in a statement issued by his spokesman, Ogwuike Nwachukwu on Tuesday, March 9, and seen by Legit.ng.
The governor further stated that his refusal to shield Okorocha is why the former governor has been causing havoc in the state.
Part of the statement read:
“In an interview, Okorocha granted a national newspaper on Sunday, he not only spoke like someone who has quit the All Progressives Congress but confessed that his grouse with Governor Uzodimma is borne out of the latter’s refusal to help him cover all the illegalities he was allegedly involved in as governor of Imo state for eight years.”
Recall that Okorocha recently stated that Governor Uzodinma is a court-made governor who has spent his time in office empowering thugs in Imo state.
Okorocha, the current senator representing Imo west senatorial district, and Uzodinma are both members of the ruling APC but remain political rivals despite being in the same party.
Addressing his supporters on Monday, February 22 in Owerri, the former governor accused Uzodinma of fanning the embers of disunity in the state through state-sponsored thugs.
Senator Okorocha had earlier claimed Governor Uzodimma sent over 1,000 armed thugs to attack him recently.
Speaking on Sunday, February 21 via his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, Senator Okorocha also accused police officers attached to Government House Owerri of standing-by and watching his aides assaulted by Governor Uzodinma's aides.
The incident happened after the Imo government sealed off an estate located in the state capital, Owerri, allegedly owned by the wife of the senator, Mrs. Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.