The embattled outgoing governor of Imo State, Mr. Rochas Okorocha, has accused the incoming one, Emeka Ihedioha, of impersonating him by acting as a governor when he is yet to be sworn-in.
In a statement through his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha kicked against recent actions taken by Ihedioha, including the governor-elect’s visit to Imo Airport during the fire incident that gulped part of the airport.
He also frowned at the two committees, transition and handover, which Ihedioha set up, describing the governor-elect as being ignorant of what governance entails.
“Owelle Rochas Okorocha is the governor of Imo State as we write and for Chief Emeka Ihedioha to be acting as governor and conducting activities meant for a sitting governor is impersonation. And he should be advised to maintain certain level of decorum or decency.
“In less than 30 minutes after the reported fire incident at the Imo Airport, Ihedioha rushed to the airport to inspect damages caused by the fire and also issued directives to the management of the airport. Did he do that in his capacity as what? Is he the governor of the state?
“Again, for Ihedioha to set up what he termed transition technical committee of 139 members and that of the governorship inauguration committee of 323 members shows that he does not even know what the governing of a state is all about. He, therefore, needs some tutorials in that regard,” the statement read.
Ihedioha, who contested under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had defeated Okorocha’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Action Alliance (AA), which had the governor’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as its candidate to emerge next governor of Imo in the March 9 governorship election.