Alleged withdrawal: Imo State doesn’t have 17 billion naira, Okorocha tells Ihedioha


Rochas Okorocha, the IMO state governor has questioned the accusations made by Chief Emeka Ihedioha to probe him over the state chapter of the PDP’s accusation that he collected 17 billion naira within four days from bank accounts belonging to the state government

Chief Emeka who won the governorship poll in the state on the platform of the PDP on the 9th of march will succeed the IMO state governor on the 29th of may

The House of representatives EX-deputy speaker has said he’d recover the “IMO property” from Okorocha and went further to warn financial institutions against further dealings with the IMO state governor

In a statement made by his chief press secretary Sam Onwuemeodo on Monday, the IMO state governor told Ihedioha to prove that the state had 17 billion naira and how he collected it

The governor said: “The guy is just being smart politically, but political smartness is different from having the capacity for leadership or governance. Where in Imo State , with a meagre Federal Allocation and Internally Generated Revenue , can one get N 17 bn to withdraw? He is coming to become governor with the only income he made at the National Assembly, because prior to his going to the National Assembly, he never did any paid job. And he is trying now to blackmail a man adjudged to be the highest property owner both in Owerri and in Abuja many years before becoming governor.”

Okorocha said the governor-elect lacked the capacity to match his achievements in the state. The statement added: “He has not said anything about free education, urban renewal and other sensitive people -oriented programmes and policies of the Rescue Mission Government in the state . He is only talking about money and property. A man who failed as a member of the House of Representatives won ’t do magic as a governor. He should also know that with what Governor Okorocha has achieved , Imo people won ’t entertain any excuse from him . If he likes let him talk about Rochas Okorocha from now till when he will leave as governor.”

Okorocha told the public to ignore the accusations made by Ihedioha

He said after May 29, 2019 he has every right to probe even the food Rochas Okorocha and his family ate in the government house”

The IMO state governor was asked by the PDP to publish the state’s account statement to prove that he has not engaged “in last minute looting of treasures”

Damian Opara, the spokesman for the party in the state made a statement and insisted the governor collected 17 billion naira from the treasury of the state.

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