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Okorocha mocks Ihedioha, says he behaves as if he is on oversight duty

Okorocha mocks Ihedioha, says he behaves as if he is on oversight duty

The immediate past Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has mocked his successor in office, Emeka Ihedioha, accusing him of behaving like someone on oversight duties.

This is in apparent reference to Ihedioha’s 12 years of membership of the House of Representatives and four years as its Deputy Speaker.

Okorocha said this in a statement in Owerri, the state capital, on Sunday by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, adding that instead of Ihedioha to start work in earnest as the state governor, he had been busy setting up committees as if he was still a member of the House of Representatives.

The former governor also accused the governor of releasing pictures of non-existent bad projects and attributing them to his eight-year administration, adding that he executed over 1,000 verifiable projects across the 27 local government areas of the state.

The statement reads in part: “The new governor of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has not started to govern the state; looking at his activities and utterances so far.

“He has been embarking on oversight functions as if he is still at the National Assembly where he was, uninterruptedly, for 12 years.

“He has also been busy setting up series of committees with at least three committees a day, and has never done any serious thing or taken any serious step or said any serious thing to show that he has actually taken the seat as the governor of the state. He also seems not to have cared about asking questions.

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“In the course of doing oversight functions even as governor, he would go to one bad dredging site which he won’t mention where it is, he would send out the photograph just to blackmail his predecessor or he would send out the photograph of one bad toilet they got from somewhere and said it was in the Government House. So petty and unserious all these days.

“If he could be showing the world one bad toilet we knew they got from Owerri Office of the PDP when landmark projects are located at various parts of the state waiting for him to see, and know what to do with them; then he hasn’t come for service.”

According to Okorocha, the projects included the International Cargo Airport, the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Prisons Service, six new universities, four polytechnics, there colleges of education, 27 general hospitals and ultra-modern markets.

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