Reacting to the recent allegation by the Imo governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, that N17 billion had already been withdrawn from the state treasury, Governor Rochas Okorocha has stated that the incoming governor has every right to investigate even the food he and his family ate in Government House from 2011 to 2019.
He described the allegation of him withdrawing N17 billion from the state account as unfounded, maintaining that Ihediaoha lacks the capacity to govern the state.
Ihedioha has earlier warned financial institutions in the state against further transactions with the state government while also vowing to recover all properties acquired illegally by Governor Okorocha.
But Okorocha while admitting Ihedioha’s “political smartness”, said “he does not have the mental or intellectual capacity to govern a highly-endowed state like Imo. The guy is just smart politically. And political smartness is different from having the capacity for leadership or governance.”
The Governor, who was reacting through a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, reasoned that Ihedioha was only showing signs of early failure by his utterances.
While explaining that the state does not have such amount of money accruing to it through its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, and federal allocation, he challenged Ihedioha to mention how the withdrawal was made whether it was withdrawn by cash or through transfer.
“He (Ihediora) 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. The die is cast. Action speaks louder than words. Blackmail or propaganda which the PDP invested heavily in during the 12 years they governed the state has become old-fashioned in the state at the moment,” the statement read.