Rochas OkorochaThe Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma on Tuesday alleged that Senator Rochas Okorocha wants to remain the governor of the state even after leaving office, claiming that is the only problem he has with the governor.
Uzodinma made the assertion at the 2022 Imo Stakeholders meeting at the Government House Owerri, Imo State capital.
He said ”my advice to him is that for the short period of time I remain the governor, he should let me enjoy my position as the governor of the state.
”Traditionally I’m his elder brother. He should let my administration be and not bring in unnecessary interference.
“We have had previous governors like Achike Udenwa, Ikedi Ohakim and Emeka Ihedioha but the difference between the Former governor Rochas Okorocha and others is that he is out of office but still wants to remain the governor of Imo State.”
On education, Uzodinma said one of his administration’s greatest achievements in the education sector is the recovery of the K.O. Mbadiwe University for Imo people
He said, “As you may well know, the university was built and furnished with taxpayers money of not less than N40b. Yet, an individual, abusing his office as Governor, brazenly wanted to appropriate it to himself as a privately owned establishment.
” I am glad to report to you that by the second week of December this year, I received a Certificate of Ownership for the University on behalf of the Government and people of Imo State. Today, as we speak, that University is now the rightful property of Imo State.”
On security, Uzodinma said ”You will recall that as a government, we have repeatedly maintained that some of the security breaches were politically contrived.
He said, “This was based on intelligence information at our disposal. As the Igbo saying goes, when a child is crying and pointing in a particular direction, it is because either his mother or father is there.
“I assured you that my administration will name those behind insecurity in the state during this stakeholders meeting but for security reasons, we will hold on.
“With the cooperation of the security agencies and the support and assistance of the Federal Government, we have been able to overwhelm the bandits.”