By Toby Prince
Governor Emeka Iheodia of Imo State has claimed that Senator Rochas Okorocha’s Local Government Area (LGA) had no power for eight years.
Speaking with online editors in Owerri, the state capital, Mr Ihedioha alleged that things were so bad under his predecessor that he could not even attract electricity to Ideato south local government throughout his eight years in power.
Okorocha is from Ogboko in Ideato south.
“The matter is not about me but about the man who governed for eight years. He had the mandate of the people supposedly, what did he do with it? Those are the issues,” he said.
“It’s not about whether I like you or not… In Ideato south local government where the former governor comes from, they haven’t had light for eight years… The man said he was doing concession but state assets were sold off. To who? To himself, you said you sell for N3 billion, where are the records of sale? Who did you pay to?
“Have you gone to the state secretariat? There are 10 buildings inside the secretariat. Last week, I just woke up and told my people let’s go to the secretariat. You need to see the the place, everywhere was weedy. They have four generators but none was working. Everywhere they had cluster of all this small generators called ‘I pass my neighbor’, that’s what they use to power the place.
“I was shocked when they told me they have not had public power supply for eight years. I now asked what will it cost the former government to reconnect the electricity. The roofs too were leaking.”
Ihedioha also spoke about the state of government house, Imo, narrating how neither he nor his deputy could reside or work from there.
He said his administration inherited nothing from his predecessor other than huge debts, abandoned or poorly executed projects as well as infrastructural decay.
“We inherited practically nothing when we assumed office. When I came in, I only saw four vehicles, two jeeps without functioning air conditioner and two pilot vehicles,” he said.
“That was all I met. Nothing was left for the deputy, there was no deputy governor’s lodge. I had to purchase a vehicle for the deputy governor. As I speak, he has no official residence or office as well. He had to stay in a hotel for two weeks. His private house is under renovation. Sadly Imo state is heavily indebted and our priority is to first of all offset these major debts.”