Former Governor Rochas Okorocha and the incumbent governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha have continued to trade words over Rochas insistence that he left about N48 billion in the state coffers for his successor.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Hon. Emeka Felix Ebiliekwe had said in the media that the former governor and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha didn’t leave N48b for his successor, as he had claimed.
It would be recalled that on May 28, 2019, while addressing Imo people and indeed, the general public before pulling out of the Government House, Okorocha among other claims, told his audience that he was leaving N48.5billion behind for his successor, a disclosure that was widely reported.
The former governor also went ahead to mention the banks the N48.5billion were domiciled. And he has sustained this honest claim from that month of May when it was made, till this September. And that is about five months.
In a statement by Sam Onwuemeodo, Special Adviser (media) to the former governor, Rochas Okorocha”nobody, including the governor or any of his aides or any government official at the time made any counter claim to that effect. Even the Commissioner for Information himself who was inaugurated since June never disputed that.
“Then, for the Commissioner to come up now, five months after the disclosure, to be denying the obvious was undoubtedly an after-thought. And when the money must have been spent.
“It was the N48.5b in question that even motivated the government to begin to talk about garnishee orders and negotiating with contractors in the early part of the administration.
“The commissioner or the government should always be courageous enough to commend and appreciate Okorocha for making things easy for his successor both in terms of finance and projects. Doing so won’t remove anything from them but would rather add a lot of values to the administration.
“The commissioner should also try and follow issues as they rear their heads up and not to begin to react to such issues five months or several months after such matters have been absorbed.
“All in all, the N48.5billion Okorocha said he left behind for Ihedioha was real and not in doubt,” the statement explained.