The Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has denied expending N2.8billion monthly on sanitation as alleged by his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, and described the allegation as baseless and unfounded.
A statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Mr Steve Osuji, said only N25m was used for the monthly exercise.
This came just as Okorocha faulted the petition to the Inspector-General of Police by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party against him.
However, Ihedioha, in his reaction to the monthly sanitation, described Okorocha’s allegation as unfortunate.
According to him, “the administration of Chief Emeka Ihedioha is very prudent and sensitive to the plights of the people of Imo state unlike Okorocha who was notorious for unbridled fiscal recklessness in his time. He diverted billions monthly on phony projects, including sanitation but, left Imo in very dirty and miserable situation.”
“Available records show that in eight years, former Governor Okorocha mismanaged about One Trillion Naira 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.
But Okorocha in a statement by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, urged the Inspector-General of Police to disregard the PDP letter claiming that the PDP was a confused party.
He said, “Governor Ihedioha was also quoted to have said that Okorocha stole N1trn as against the N200bn he had earlier claimed. We want to appeal to the IGP to disregard the letter because it was by all standard, very deceitful and an after-thought.”
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 vandalisation 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 they 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.
“The truth is that Okorocha wrecked Imo state. All he is doing is to attempt to divert the attention of Imo people. Unfortunately, Imo people are smarter than that. “He also claimed that Governor Ihedioha did not win the last election. So who won? 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.”