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Sen. Okorocha Congratulates Gov. Ihedioha Over His Victory At Election Petition Tribunal |RN

Governor of Imo state, H.E. Emeka Ihedioha, Sen. Rochas Okorocha

The immediate past governor of Imo state, a current senator representing Orlu North senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha congratulates the governor of Imo state, H.E. Emeka Ihedioha over his victory at the Election Petition Tribunal.

The congratulatory message was delivered and signed by his special adviser on media, Sam Onwuemedo

Below is the press statement.

PRESS RELEASE

SENATOR OKOROCHA CONGRATULATES GOV IHEDIOHA

SAYS TRIBUNAL JUDGEMENT IS VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY

The immediate past governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has congratulated the governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha on his recent victory at the Election Petition Tribunal against his son in-law, Uche Nwosu.

Okorocha who currently represents Imo West senatorial zone at the red chamber, said that the judiciary had lived upto its responsibility of administering justice. He noted that the judiciary couldn’t have passed better judgment on the petition of his son inlaw.

Okorocha urged Uche Nwosu, who was the candidate of the Action Alliance, in the last election, to halt further moves that will pose distractions to the Rebuild Imo government.

The former governor revealed that he asked Uche Nwosu to accept the result of the last election and drop the idea of any litigation.

In his words, ” The court has given the expected judgment. As a seasoned politician and one with the knowledge of law, I counselled Uche Nwosu not to waste his time and resources pursuing a case that will certainly meet brick walls.”

He continued, “Those who advised Uche Nwosu to challenge the victory of Gov Ihedioha against my wish have furthered ridiculed the young man. What an elder see siting, a child can’t, standing. If even my son in-law appeals the judgement, he does not stand a chance.”

“This judgment has strengthened the nation’s democracy and restored hope on the judiciary. It is victory for Imo State, ” Okorocha concluded.

Signed:

Sam Onwuemedo

Special Adviser (Media) to the former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha.

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I Am Leaving N42.5bn In Imo Treasury – Rochas Okorocha |The Republican News

Outgoing governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha

Outgoing Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha on Monday disclosed he has kept N42.5 billion in the coffers of the state for his successor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha. Okorocha stated he decided to keep such amount for the in-coming governor so that there won’t be excuses in carrying out activities of the government.

The governor, who made the disclosure while swearing-in eleven Permanent Secretaries as well as the new Accountant-Genera, Deacon Donald Igbo and the new Head of Service Mrs. Ngozi Ama Eluma, explained that N8.1billion of the money was meant for the payment of salaries and capital Projects while N5.2billion was for Pension Arrears.

He also stated N7.6billion was meant for the renovation of schools, while N21.6billion was mapped out for rural roads, totalling N42.5billion.
The governor noted further that following petitions from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftains, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC), blocked the money for the payment of arrears of Pension and others at the point of starting the payments.

Addressing the new Permanent Secretaries, the governor advised them to do their best to reposition the Civil Service system, protect the integrity of the State and shun corruption, adding that workers in the State Civil Service should put in their best in the service of their fatherland.

According to him: “Remember God in discharging your duties. Discharge your duties without fear or favour and also defend your State when the need arises.

“I gave this state my best. I will do all I can to support the incoming government. Imo State Government has kept aside a total of N4.5b for the incoming government, and for that reason, I will set up a sub-committee to make sure that the projects they are attached to, come to fruition even when I am out of office or when I will not be available because government is a continuum”.

He continued: “The breakdown of these funds are as follows: N8.1b that came into Imo State offers from both State and LG, from FAAC, that money has not been expended as not even one naira has been taken away from it and the money is in Zenith Bank and has not been touched. The second money is N5.2bn in Access Bank, the remnant of the Paris Club fund, not one naira has been removed from it.

“The third fund is N7.6b, money that came from UBEC. Imo State has paid a total of N3.8b counterpart fund and UBEC has brought in their N3.8b. That gave us N7.6 billion.

“That money is intact and not one naira has been removed from it. The fourth fund is the RAMP fund of $60m representing N21.6b and is also in Imo State Government’s account.

“It is with First Bank. The money is also here in Imo State and no one naira has been touched.”

He added: “If you total N8.1b plus N5.2b, N7.6b, and N21.6b, you have a total of N42.6b which I will be handing over to Emeka Ihedioha led government as from the 29th of May, 2019.

“How is this money meant to be expended? I want to put it succinctly clear. The N8.1b naira from FAAC usually will cover the cost of salaries and capital projects.

“This government is expected to spend this N8.1b naira for the payment of salaries for May and also for the payment of other Contractual obligations as may be deemed fit.”

The new Permanent Secretaries were: Mr. Donald .N. Igbo, Mrs. Edith Chioma Ekenze, Mr. Elias Amuche Anyanwu, Mr. Justus Oguoma, Rev. Reginald Oguike, and Mr. Benjamin Nnamadu.
Others were Mrs. Patricia Atuechi Elebiri, Engr. George Ejiogu, Mrs. Patricia Uche Ezeonyeachi, Mrs. Ngozi Bernadine and Mrs. Meg. Obi.

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Alleged N17b Withdrawal: You Don’t Have Capacity To Lead Imo, Okorocha Tells Ihedioha

Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

 

Governor Rochas Okorocha has replied to the recent allegation by the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, that N17 billion had already been withdrawn from the state treasury by the governor. He described the allegation 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.”

Governor Okorocha who was reacting through a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, noted 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.

Governor Okorocha further stated “he 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 Sun)

 

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