Imo State government yesterday picked holes with the claim of former governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okorocha that he bought his sprawling mansion in Owerri 20 years ago,describing him as the most lawless and corrupt politician in the state
It also said Okorocha has vindicated Governor Hope Uzodinma when he admitted that he fell out with the Governor for failing to disband the panels that probed his eight year rule.
Reacting to an interview granted by Okorocha to a national newspaper over the weekend, the state Commissioner for information and strategy, Chief Declan Emelumba said nobody will believe the “tissues of lies spewed “by the former governor.
According to him, all the property being claimed by Okorocha were built with imo State funds.
He wondered why nobody noticed such a mansion until Okorocha became Governor.
He said if the senator truly acquired those property through legitimate means, he would have boldly gone to those panels to clear his name.
He said Okorocha lied through his teeth when he claimed that the governor promised him that he would not work with the report of the panels.
“How can someone who swore to protect the constitution from abuse shield a common criminal? He never did that” ,Emelumba insisted.
The commissioner described Okorocha as the most lawless person who saw himself as an emperor and brooked no opposition.
“He has the unenviable record of not being able to work with two deputy Governors including the one he described as his son. What does that say about his character”, Emelumba asked
He said contrary to the lies by Okorocha, the governor followed due process in the release and implementation of the white paper as well as his invitation to the military to contain the lawlessness of ipob members in Orlu.
Emelumba said Uzodinma will never be distracted by the likes of Okorocha in his resolve to right the wrongs of the past.
Meanwhile, Former Governor of Imo State and now Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha is yet to come to terms with what has hit him that makes him a bad loser.
He has just realized that he cannot eat his cake and have it, hence he is taking on everybody – the Presidency, APC leadership, the Supreme Court, the Security Agencies and of course, Governor Hope Uzodinma – in a fruitless wolf crying exercise.
In an interview Okorocha granted a national newspaper on Sunday, he not only spoke like someone who has quit the All Progressive 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.
Apparently looking for ways to continue to undermine the APC and the federal government, Okorocha has descended on the Presidency, saying that President Muhammad Buhari does not have clue as to the solution to the insecurity situation the country is facing currently.
Okorocha also took a swipe at the leadership of the APC, alleging that they conspired to hold his result and certificate of return as well as outsourcing the party to members he called “outsiders.”
Governor Uzodimma had said severally that Okorocha was fighting his government and instigating crisis in Imo State because he refused to accede to his request to disband all the Panels of Inquiries he inherited from Emeka Ihedioha‘s sacked government that were looking into Okorocha’s activities as governor.
Poised to get at Governor Uzodimma by all means possible, Okorocha also confirmed in the said interview that he had directed his son In-law, Uche Nwosu, to return to the Supreme Court to reclaim his imaginary mandate, claiming that Nwosu won the March 9, 2019 governorship poll in Imo State and that neither Governor Uzodimma nor Ihedioha did.
He acknowledged that Nwosu congratulated Governor Uzodimma and called him his leader when he was declared the validly elected winner of the election and governor of Imo State but quipped that, “this is all for peace go reign.”