By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State, yesterday, said that he discovered his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, left bitter legacies that the people of the state would not want to be associated with.
Governor Ihedioha’s Chief of Staff, Chris Okewulonu, through his Media Adviser, Kennedy Eweama, spoke in Owerri, while reacting to a claim by Okorocha that Ihedioha’s government has launched a destruction of his (Okorocha) legacies.
Ihedioha insisted that he would follow due process in addressing what he said were the “problems” created by Okorocha as regards any form of mismanagement of the state resources, adding that by Okorocha’s policies and programmes, the people of the state were further impoverished in eight years.
He said his priority in the ‘Rebuild Imo Project,’ included to end the eight years traumatic experience of Imo people during the former administration by reviving and making functional, all sectors of the state’s economy, to boost the revenue generation.
He said: “Okorocha’s statement is a calculated and cheap gimmick aimed at distracting the governor to cajole him into succumbing to the baseless accusations of witch-hunt by his predecessor, so as to create a leeway for him to escape accounting for his eight years of horrific stewardship as governor of Imo State.
“In this case, Okorocha only left sordid and bitter legacies Imo people do not wish to be associated with. Therefore, there is nothing that could be called Okorocha’s legacies worth destroying.
“It is a well known fact that Okorocha is being haunted by his inglorious activities as governor of Imo for eight wasted years.
“Governor Ihedioha is very busy seeking for ways of addressing the multi-faceted socio-economic and political quagmire Okorocha’s eight years of misrule foisted on the state, such that he has no time to bother himself with Okorocha’s pettiness and empty lamentations.
“It is ludicrous that Okorocha has now begun to hallucinate and see apparition of Governor Ihedioha even in his dreams, when in actual fact, the governor has left him to the judgment of the rule of law and Imo people.
“It is axiomatic that only the guilty are afraid and that accounts for Okorocha’s panicky disposition and mental state at the moment.
“As a democrat, Governor Ihedioha would allow probity, accountability, due process and rule of law to prevail in addressing the multi-dimensional problems associated with Okorocha.
“Okorocha never foresaw himself abdicating the seat of power in Imo. He was very boastful and believed Imo was a conquered territory by him. He embraced the leadership philosophy of discredited African despots and unleashed same on Imo people.
“The tide has divinely changed and he is now afraid that his past perfidious deeds are fast catching up with him, hence he sees Governor Ihedioha’s apparition everywhere he goes.
“Instead of being sober and show remorse for the psychological and economic trauma he caused Imo people, Okorocha still wants them to continue to clap for him. That is unbridled arrogance.”