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Okorocha denies asking Imo gov to disband probe panel

By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri
16 December 2021   |   4:12 am
Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has denied appealing to his successor, Hope Uzodimma, to disband the panel of inquiry that probed him and others, when the incumbent assumed office in January 2020.

[FILES] Rochas Okorocha. Photo/TWITTER/IAMJOEZY/REALROCHAS

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has denied appealing to his successor, Hope Uzodimma, to disband the panel of inquiry that probed him and others, when the incumbent assumed office in January 2020.

Uzodimma had, in a recent interview, alleged that Okorocha appealed to him to dissolve the panel earlier raised by former Governor Emeka Ihedioha administration.

But in a statement issued by Okorocha’s Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwemeodo, he said: “In an interview, Uzodimma claimed that Okorocha asked him to disband the commission of inquiry set up by lhedioha. Governor Uzodimma has continued to make the claim, without evidence to back it up. He has made the claim an issue of blackmail.

“The truth is that Okorocha never asked Uzodimma to disband any commission. And there was no need for Okorocha to make such demand. Uzodimma does not want the truth to be revealed about the commission, as he is bent on using the commission issue as blackmail materials.”

Okorocha argued that he had written several petitions, stressing: “He was the one who also wrote several petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and on the same issues he told the commission to handle.

“Uzodimma has been envious of Okorocha in all ramifications. Before now, he told the world that Okorocha and his family had shared the Shell Camp Estate. His men sealed some of the buildings in the estate. And the real owners of the buildings started showing up. These were not Okorocha and his family members. They could not bear the shame and the story is the same everywhere.”

Continuing, he said Uzodimma did not mean well for Imo State, maintaining: “We have been telling those who cared to listen that Uzodimma does not believe in lmo State and its people.

“He has no passion for the state. He does not see lmo as his state and he is arrogant about that. And that is the major reason he is envious of Okorocha.”

The former governor, therefore, enjoined Uzodimma to face governance and leave him (Okorocha) alone, adding that the incumbent governor had been using him to divert attention from the failure of his administration to take one correct action since he assumed office.