Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo state has claimed that the Local Government Area of the immediate past governor of the state Senator Rochas Okorocha was in total darkness throughout his eight-year regime.
Okorocha is from Ogboko in Ideoto South Local Government, which the incumbent governor claimed that the former governor was unable to attract electricity to his council area.
He said he was worried that Okorocha was unable to do something significant in the state for eight years. “He had the mandate of the people supposedly, what did he do with it? he asked.
“In Ideato south local government where the former governor comes from, they haven’t had power for eight years… The man said he was doing concession but state assets were sold off. To who? To himself, you said you sell for N3 billion, where are the records of sale? Who did you pay to?
Ihedioha who won the 2019 governorship election under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) alleged that administration of the Okorocha squandered the state’s resources.
“There are 10 buildings inside the state secretariat. Last week, I just woke up and told my people let’s go to the secretariat. You need to see the place, everywhere was weedy. They have four generators but none was working,” TheCable quoted him as saying.
Ihedioha also spoke about the state of government house, narrating how neither he nor his deputy could reside or work from there, saying his administration inherited nothing from his predecessor other than huge debts, abandoned or poorly executed projects as well as infrastructural decay.
He claimed that his administration inherited practically nothing, “When I came in, I only saw four vehicles, two jeeps without functioning air conditioner and two pilot vehicles.”
“Nothing was left for the deputy, there was no deputy governor’s lodge. I had to purchase a vehicle for the deputy governor.
“As I speak, he has no official residence or office as well. He had to stay in a hotel for two weeks. His private house is under renovation. Sadly Imo state is heavily indebted and our priority is to, first of all, offset these major debts,” he alleges.
There has been political tension between the two politicians since the end of the second term of Okorocha who is now at the Upper Legislative Chamber as a Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District.