Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has urged the former speaker of the House of Representatives and former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha, to respect his office and stop insulting him on the pages of newspapers.
Okorocha said this in reaction to a media report credited to Ihedioha alleging that he had stolen funds of the state since he assumed office in 2011.
The governor asked the former lawmaker to rather face his case at the election tribunal and stop what he described as “unnecessary distraction”.
The governor, who reacted through a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, also said Ihedioha, in the said report, accused the governor of acquiring a multi billion properties since he assumed office.
But on the contrary, Okorocha maintained that he had acquired all the said properties before becoming the governor of the state, pointing out that when reports of the SURE – P, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) River Basin Authority are out, people of the state will actually know who stole the state’s fund.
“He should also stop insulting the governor as if he derives pleasure from it. He ran to be elected governor, and he has failed or refused to respect the governor on seat and the office.
“It is also unfortunate that a man who had been in the House of Representatives for twelve years and Deputy – Speaker of the same House for four years, and who is expected to know the efficacy of respecting political office like that of governor would be taking delight in abusing his governor without provocation”
“We want to end this reaction by appealing to Hon. Ihedioha to put an end to these distractions and pursue his tribunal matter and we wouldn’t like to talk about all the boastings and claims. We have always trusted and always believed God, and we shall continue to do so.
By the time the records of sure-p, River Basin Authority, NDDC and so on are looked into in the state, Imo people will know those who have actually stolen their money. Governor Okorocha does not need undue distraction now” the statement stressed.