Imo State’s immediate past governor, Rochas Okorocha, said his successor, Emeka Ihedioha, destroyed his administration’s projects to discredit his achievements and the South-East legacy of the All Progressive Congress.
He also said the state administration of the People’s Democratic Party has been battling him because of the defeat the party experienced through him in the general elections of 2011 and 2015, when he won the general election of governorship on the All Progressive Congress platform.
Okorocha, who is now representing Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, made the claims in a statement issued in Owerri on Wednesday by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo.
He alleged that his successor wanted to destroy the APC in the South-East at all cost.
The senator said the PDP stalwarts in the state were still angry with him for making sure that former President Goodluck Jonathan’s voting strength in the South-East in the 2019 general elections was challenged.
The statement read in part, “The Governor Emeka Ihedioha-led PDP government in the state is simply fighting back because of the defeat they suffered in 2011 and 2015 in the hands of Senator Rochas Okorocha.
“They’re also playing the politics of staying in power in the state because they felt they didn’t win the 2019 governorship election because no one had ever become the state governor with top heavy figures from just three of the 27 local government areas in the state.
“For them too, having known that Imo remains the strongest hold of APC in the South-East, they now feel that once APC is destroyed in Imo, the party has been destroyed in the South-East. That is another major reason for the current hostility against Okorocha, his amazing achievements and APC members in Imo.”
The Senator also said his administration left N42.5bn in the state coffers, but alleging that Ihedioha had not fixed any bad road since he became governor.
But Ihedioha, while responding on press through his Special Adviser, Steve Osuji, said the claims made against him by Okorocha were groundless.
“The governor of Imo State is more concerned about the problems of reconstruction of the state.” He replied