The Imo State governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, has said that he would recover any property belonging to the state government, but which the outgoing Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has allegedly converted to his personal use.
One of Ihedioha’s aides, Ody Okereke, a legal practitioner, told Sunday Sun that about 5,000 such properties have been identified that allegedly belong to Okorocha, members of his family and cronies, adding that the incoming government would begin the demolition and revocation immediately it assumes office.
He said: “The incoming administration will look into the distortion of Owerri Capital Territory Master Plan drawn up in 1977 after the creation of Imo State in 1976. Areas of concern include the proposed New Government House in the New Owerri, which also had been allegedly re-allocated to the relatives and cronies of the outgoing government of Okorocha.
“Others include the illegal revocation of Nekede Mechanic Village, Owerri Modern Market at Somachi, Egbu; Orji Mechanic Village; government quarters in Shell Camp; the alleged illegal and forceful acquisition of open space in civic centre layout by Uche Nwosu, as residence; and the IBC quarters in Orji, which allegedly was equally converted to property of the outgoing governor.”
In a swift reaction, however, Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said he doesn’t know why a governor-elect could be talking like that.
“He should wait until he is sworn it. Ihedioha is coming into office as a wretched man, but Okorocha got into office as a very wealthy man. We will not talk more until the publication comes out,” he said.