The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said his successor, Emeka Ihedioha, is behaving as if he is still in the House of Representatives.
Okorocha said this in a statement in Owerri, the state capital, on Sunday by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo.
He said instead of Ihedioha to start work in earnest as the state governor, he had been busy setting up committees as if he was still a member of the House of Representatives on oversight functions.
It will be recalled that Ihedioha was Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives between 2011 and 2015.
The statement read, “The new governor of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has not started to govern the state; looking at his activities and utterances so far.
“He has been embarking on oversight functions as if he is still at the National Assembly where he was, uninterruptedly, for 12 years.
“He has also been busy setting up series of committees with at least three committees a day, and has never done any serious thing or taken any serious step or said any serious thing to show that he has actually taken the seat as the governor of the state. He also seems not to have cared about asking questions.
“In the course of doing oversight functions even as governor, he would go to one bad dredging site which he won’t mention where it is, he would send out the photograph just to blackmail his predecessor or he would send out the photograph of one bad toilet they got from somewhere and said it was in the Government House. So petty and unserious all these days.
“The former governor left more than 1,000 verifiable projects behind for him. He has never cared to visit any of the projects to show that he has come to work and that he means well.
“If he could be showing the world one bad toilet we knew they got from Owerri Office of the PDP when landmark projects are located at various parts of the state waiting for him to see, and know what to do with them; then he hasn’t come for service.”
Okorocha listed some of the projects executed before he left office to include the International Cargo Airport, the “headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Prisons Service, six new universities, four polytechnics, there colleges of education, 27 general hospitals and ultra-modern markets.”
According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party government could not achieve in 50 years what his administration achieved in eight years.
He urged Gov. Ihedioha to hit the ground running by starting serious work as governor of the state.
BREAKING: Nine Imo Lawmakers Defect To APC
At least nine members of the Imo state house of assembly have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Colins Chiji, the speaker, read the defection letters of the lawmakers who are from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Action Alliance (AA) on Tuesday.
The house was not in session when the supreme court sacked Emeka Ihedioha as governor, replacing him with Hope Uzodinma.
Ihedioha, who was declared winner of the March election, is of the PDP while Uzodinma is a member of the APC.
The PDP defectors are Chyna Iwuanyanwu (Nwangele), Chidiebere Ogbunikpa(Okigwe), Heclus Okorocha (Ohaji/Egbema), Paul Emeziem (Onuimo).
Those from AA are Authur Egwim (Ideato north), Obinna Okwara (Nkwerre), Johnson Duru (Ideato South), and Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) while Ekene Nnodimele (Orsu) moved from APGA to APC.
More to follow…
BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Ortom’s Election As Benue Gov
The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as Benue Governor.
A seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, dismissed the appeal by Emmanuel Jime, who contested as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who read the lead judgment, held that the appellants (Jime and APC) failed to present any cogent reason to move the court to tamper with the concurrent decisions of the two lower courts, which both upheld Ortom’s election.
Another member of the panel, Justice Dattijo Mohammed, is reading the judgment in relation to the governorship dispute in Admawa State.
Buhari Reacts To Supreme Court Verdict On Kano, Plateau
President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to Supreme Court judgement on governorship tussles in Kano and Plateau states.
President Buhari said it would have been disastrous for the All Progressives Congress (APC) if the party had lost Kano and Plateau states at the Supreme Court.
The president stated this in his congratulatory message to the APC over the apex court judgement that upheld the elections of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Governor Simon Lalong.
Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “I am glad this tortuous journey has ended in favour of the party and our governors.
“APC won the states and has proved it in court. It would have been a major blow if strategically important states like Kano and Plateau are lost.
“It has now become standard procedure for the opposition to challenge any poll or judgement that does not return its candidates. Election is good when they win.
“The opposite is the case if someone else emerges. But that is not the way it works. Democracy is not only about who wins or who loses, but also about the process. In disparaging every unfavourable result or judgement, they disparage the entire