The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has expressed his disagreement following the orders of the state’s governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha warning Banks to discontinue financial transactions with the current government.
Governor Okorocha expressed his vexation through a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Samuel Onwuemedo on Friday.
According to the statement, Governor Okorocha cited that the Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Ihedioha has no right to exercise any power or give orders in the state till May 29th after his swearing in.
READ FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
“Chief Emeka Ihedioha who was declared the winner of the governorship election in the State by Prof. Francis Ezeonu-led INEC in Owerri does not have the right or locus yet, to harass or give directives to the Financial Institutions in the State over their dealings with the State government.
The media report quoting Chief Ihedioha to have given such directive is unfortunate and a sign of ugly things to come. Otherwise, Ihedioha should not have been the first, of all the governors-elect in the Country to issue such directive.
We are also not surprise at his issuing the directive because as a PDP man, his interest, first and foremost, will be the treasury of the State, and the “policy” or the slogan of “share the money” will soon come back, but he should exercise patience and wait till he is sworn-in. He shouldn’t be in a hurry. There is a government in place and until May 29, 2019, that government should Continue to work in the interest of the State and her people and also Continue to carry out programmes and policies for the same purpose, until the end of its approved life span.
To begin to harass or give directives to financial institutions in the State is an act of hostility and he should know that. The financial Institutions in the State should disregard such directive and Continue to do the right thing and take the right action since the best he can do is to confront the outgoing government when he takes over on any financial transaction he has reservations at.
The general public should also disregard any publication anywhere especially on the social media attributed to Governor Rochas Okorocha which is not directly from him or from me. Those who won the governorship election with votes from only three local governments and their supporters have begun to do funny things just to deceive the general public.
We urge Imo people to remain calm and not to do anything that would threaten the peace of the State, especially when the attention of the world has been drawn to the inglorious role of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State “Prof.” Francis Ezeonu in the Conduct of the 2019 elections and the outcome.”