The Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday, gave the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and one Barr. K. M. Okere, 48 hours ultimatum to publish the alleged court order issued to the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to probe him.
The ex-Imo State governor said in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, he was worried that the claim came from the PDP after the party lost at the Supreme Court.
The apex court had earlier this week dismissed the PDP application for it to reverse its ruling on the Imo State governorship election.
He said: “Imo people and Nigerians in general woke up one morning to read in the media that a Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Ahmed Mohammed had granted the EFCC the licence to probe Senator Rochas Okorocha following the application to that effect by Barr. K. M. Okere.
“They also claimed the court also ordered and listed what and what should be recovered from Okorocha including cash, moveable and unmoveable assets.
“What we are about to do with this reaction is to let the general public know the extent some human beings can decide to be funny, deceitful and petty.
“First and foremost, no court including that of Justice Mohammed had ordered for the recovery of any item or money from Okorocha or even ordered for the EFCC to probe him.
“And we swiftly challenge Barr. Okere or any other interested persons including the PDP elements in the State to publish the said court order without further delay. Indeed they should do that within 48 hours.
“And where they fail or refuse to do that, they should be sorry for themselves. Barr. Okere as a lawyer filed a suit to compel EFCC to probe Okorocha and that is all. Nothing else has been done with regard to that and we stand to be faulted.”
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“The information has been in the public domain even long before now, that the EFCC has been investigating Senator Okorocha following petitions written by Ihedioha’s short-lived government. And Okorocha had repeatedly said that he has no problem with EFCC probing him.
“So, for anybody to go to court now to seek for an Order of the Court compelling the EFCC to investigate Okorocha is belated. The investigation had begun long before now. And we ask that people should be following events as they evolve, instead of acting like people who prefer to live in the past.”