Imo State Governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, has accused the outgoing governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, of frustrating the planning of his inauguration.
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday in Owerri, Ihedioha also alleged that officials of the state government made attempts to blackmail him.
Chairman of the Governor-elect’s inauguration planning and handover committee, Chris Okewulonu, who represent Ihedioha, noted that the outgoing governor had not assisted the committee towards ensuring a seamless inauguration ceremony.
Okewulonu said, “In the course of our work, we met thrice with the outgoing government’s team, believing that issues agreed upon will be strictly adhered to in their implementation. But unfortunately, the reverse proved to be the case.
“Rather, we have taken note of deliberate attempts by some hirelings of the state government to blackmail the incoming governor with baseless and spurious assertions.
“In the last couple of weeks, the mass media have been awash that N150m was released by Governor Okorocha to the incoming governor to assist in the inauguration planning exercise.
“Let me restate for emphasis that no such money was ever released to this committee or to anybody else who is part of the incoming government of Emeka Ihedioha. We have not also received any form of assistance whatsoever from them.
“We are indeed piqued at futile attempts by some busybodies to take undeserved glory for the wonderful achievements, the incoming governor has recorded even before assumption of office.”
Okorocha, responding through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, accused the governor-elect of engaging in falsehood, saying that every assistance, both in kind and cash needed for the inauguration exercise had been made available to the committee.
According to him, the assertion was the style of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stressing that the party had begun to show that it is incapable of ruling the state.