Tension Gathers In Imo, Over Control Of State Funds


Rochas Okorocha
Rochas Okorocha

Tensions on Thursday continued to gather regarding the battle between the outgoing governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha and the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, on who should have upper hand in the control of the state funds.

This is as the Imo state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Charles Ezekwem, in Owerri raised an allegation that Okorocha had engaged in continued withdrawal of state funds to the tune of over N17 billion, from about four different banks.

But the state government, under Okorocha through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, had dismissed that Ihedioha, does not have the powers to stop banks where Imo state funds were domiciled from relating with Okorocha.

In 2011 when Okorocha was declared governor-elect, he (Okorocha) issued a statement warning banks from having any dealings with his then predecessor (Ikedi Ohakim). Recalled that, trouble had started when the governor-elect, Ihedioha at his maiden press briefing in Owerri, warned that banks dealing Okorocha, would be doing that at their own risk, he also asked members of the public to be wary of doing any government related business with Okorocha.

However, the PDP, under Ezekwem, alleged that Okorocha, was tempering with major government properties in order to create difficulties for the incoming government. Some of the withdrawals according to Ezekwem, occurred between Tuesday, 12th March and Thursday, 14th March, 2019, Governor Okorocha had made major withdrawals from Access Bank, Zenith Bank, Unity Bank and Sky Bank amounting to over N17 billion.”

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