Okorocha Already Jittery over my Declaration for Governor – Ohakim
Ikedi Ohakim, the Imo state former governor has said it has become clear that governor Rochas Okorocha and his partners are already afraid over his assertion to lead a mass protest for owing Judges in Imo State 16 month’s unpaid salary as well as his interest in Imo governorship race.
Governor Okorocha in an interaction with the journalists at the government house Owerri recently said former Governor Ikedi Ohakim should be taken to the psychiatric hospital for saying that the Judges in Imo State are being owed 16 months’ salary.
In a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to Ikedi Ohakim, Collins Ughalaa, the former governor maintained that that the honourable Judges in Imo State are owed 16 months unpaid salaries, and he would lead a mass protest against the government of Rochas Okorocha if by the end of March 2018 the honourable Judges are not substantially paid.
“Ohakim owes a responsibility to speak out as a former Governor of the state. One of the Judges, Honourable Justice Opara, died recently without being paid his entitlement.”
“We hereby draw the attention of the Nigerian public to the suit number NICN/OW/58/2017 filed against Governor Okorocha by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Owerri Branch, wherein they prayed the court, among other things, for "A declaration that the practice whereby the respondents withhold or refuse to pay the sitting Judges of Imo State High Court and Judges of the Customary Court of Appeal that portion of their remuneration released to the respondents from the Consolidated Revenue Fund is a breach of Oath of Office of the 1at respondent as the Governor of Imo State who swore to preserve, protect and not to mutilate it".
“Okorocha, if the truth must be told, is running one of the most corrupt administrations in Nigeria. Otherwise, how could a government pay huge sums of money to companies such as ELASON GLOBAL ENTERPRISES and LUFTANZA ENGINEERING SERVICES before they were even registered? Which bank cleared the money?” , part of the statement read.
Ohakim further said that the accusation by Governor Rochas Okorocha that he is coming on vengeance mission against Imo people if reelected in 2019 is laughable. “Okorocha may have forgotten so soon that he never won any election and that Imo people voted overwhelmingly for me in 2011. Imo people therefore know those who stole their mandate and have used it to punish the poor masses.”
“Anyone who has seen the level of ruination in Imo State, and the level of poverty, pain and death unleashed on the people by their own Governor would recommend that Okorocha, not Ohakim, goes for immediate psychiatric examination”
“Accusing Ohakim of wanting to come and loot is equally laughable. To loot what? After the mind boggling looting going on in Imo State, will there be anything left to loot? The biggest assignment for the government after Okorocha will be massive loot recovery, payment of outstanding salaries and allowances, repayment of over N200bn commercial and judgement debt, completion of abandoned projects, etc”, he said.