Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has warned the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Emeka Ihedioha, to respect his office and stop insulting him on the pages of newspapers.
This was just as he admonished the former federal legislator to concentrate his energies on his petition at the governorship election tribunal.
Okorocha, who was reacting to a media report credited to Ihedioha, alleging that the governor had been stealing the funds of the state since he assumed office in 2011, advised the former lawmaker to face his case at the election tribunal and stop what he described as ‘unnecessary distraction’.
The governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said Ihedioha in the said report, accused the governor of acquiring multi-billion-naira property since he assumed office.

“He should stop insulting the governor as if he derives pleasure from it. He had run for the governorship to be elected governor, and he has failed; yet he refused to respect the governor on seat and the office. It is also unfortunate that a man who had been in the House of Representatives for 12 years and deputy speaker of the same House for four years, and who is expected to know the efficacy of respecting political office like that of a governor, would be taking delight in abusing his governor without provocation,” the statement read in part, adding: Okorocha had acquired the said property before becoming the governor of the state.”
He, however, pointed out that when reports of the SURE- P, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and River Basin Authority were out, people of the state would know who stole the state’s funds.
“By the time these records are looked into in the state, Imo people will know those who have actually stolen their money. Governor Okorocha does not need undue distraction now,” the statement said.


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