The Imo State Governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that he would recover any property belonging to the State Government, which the outgoing Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has allegedly converted to his personal use.
One of Ihedioha’s Aides, Ody Okereke, a Legal Practitioner, disclosed that about 5,000 of such properties have been identified, that allegedly belong to Okorocha, members of his family and cronies.
He added that the incoming government would begin the demolition and revocation, immediately it assumes Office.
He said: “The incoming administration will look into the distortion of Owerri Capital Territory Master Plan, drawn up in 1977, after the creation of Imo State, in 1976. Areas of concern include the proposed New Government House, in the New Owerri, which also had been allegedly re-allocated to the relatives and cronies of the outgoing Government of Okorocha.
“Others include the illegal revocation of Nekede Mechanic Village, Owerri Modern Market, at Somachi, Egbu, Orji Mechanic Village, Government Quarters, in Shell Camp, the alleged illegal and forceful acquisition of open space in Civic Centre layout, by Uche Nwosu, as residence, and the IBC Quarters, in Orji, which allegedly was equally converted to property of the outgoing Governor.”
In a swift reaction, however, Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, pointed out that he does not know why a Governor-elect would be talking like that.
“He should wait until he is sworn-in. Ihedioha is coming into Office as a wretched man, but Okorocha got into Office as a very wealthy man. We will not talk more until the publication comes out”, he said.