Former Governor of Imo State and Senator representing the Imo-West constituency, Rochas Okorocha, has hit back at Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
Rochas has given his successor a 7-day ultimatum to provide evidence that his wife and family members carted away 67 vehicles belonging to the state government.
"Against the backdrop of these repeated claims, we want to respond in this manner; We challenge Governor Emeka Ihedioha and his appointees to publish the list and particulars of these 67 vehicles and the details of the 50 billion naira the former governor and the wife made away with vis-à-vis other items thereto. And we give them 7 days to do the publication or bend their heads downward in shame.”
“We also challenge them to publish the properties the former appointees must have left with, either as a group or as individuals. The burden to publish evidence of all these claims is now on Governor Ihedioha and his appointees,” Rochas spokesperson told journalists on Thursday in Owerri.
Rochas’ recent outburst is in response to the direct accusations laid on him by Hon. Jasper Ndubuaku, the Chairman of the State Committee on Recovery of Government property, who alleged that Okorocha's wife and family members did not return their state vehicles after the change of administration in Imo State.
In addition to the 67 vehicles, the Governor of Imo State also claims that Rochas diverted 50 billion naira from the state coffers. The battle of words between the former governor and his successor does not look like it would be ending any time soon.