Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the outgoing governor, Rochas Okorocha, of leaving the state with a liability of N300 billion.
According to Imo PDP, Okorocha incurred over N100 billion debt and abandoned projects worth more than N200 billion across the state.
The Imo state PDP publicity secretary, Damian Opara, was reacting to the claim by Okorocha that he was leaving over N42 billion for the incoming administration of Emeka Ihedioha.
According to Opara Okorocha’s claim was unverifiable, baseless and a bad precedent for the Imo government.
“We have it on good authority that Rochas abandoned projects worth more than N200 billion all over Imo.
“He abandoned the five-star hotels he was building in Okigwe and Owerri. He abandoned the 27 general hospitals he started.
He abandoned the 15km rural roads he said he was going to construct. “What is he leaving behind? He is leaving behind a debt of N100 billion for Imo state. He is leaving over 90 months pension arrears. He is leaving the Imo civil servants in agony.
He owes them for the past four years and their 48 months salaries were not paid in full.
“He is talking of money we will get by counterpart funding. That was just a trap for the incoming administration, but we are going to overcome it,” Opara told The Guardian.
Meanwhile, the new Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, on Tuesday, May 28, said he would step on toes in his style of governance.
According to Ihedioha, stepping on toes is necessary to do the right thing, adding that his government will run a focused administration aimed at addressing the disturbing issues affecting the people of the state.