From COLLINS UGHALAA, Owerri:
The incoming Governor of Imo, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, and his outgoing counterpart, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, have once again locked horns over the transition programme that will culminate in the handover programme on May 29, 2019.
In a press release on Thursday in Owerri by Chief Emeka Omeihe, the Secretary, Media and Publicity
Sub-committee of the Ihedioha handover committee, the incoming Governor accused Okorocha
of sabotaging the handover programme.
According to the press release, Ihedioha lamented that “With barely a few days to the commencement of some of the activities presaging the actual swearing-in and handover ceremonies, we regret to say that the body language of the state government no
longer imbues confidence that it is genuinely committed to the overall success of that exercise”.
He added that “It is increasingly getting clearer that unless we proceed on terms dictated by
them, the state government will be reluctant to discharge its constitutional responsibilities regarding the swearing-in and handover ceremonies.
We find this tardiness although characteric on their part, very discomforting”. Ihedioha noted that despite the setting up of the joint transition committee by himself and the Governor, there are worrisome indicators that the Governor is derailing the handover program, saying that doing so was against the promise he made to the people of the state, that he would give them a hitch free transition program.
“Sequel to discussions with the government of Imo state on the need for a smooth and successful
swearing-in and handover ceremonies in the state on May 29, 2019, the Governor-Elect, Rt. Hon.
Emeka Ihedioha raised a 31-man committee to interface with the 21-man team set up by the state
government to work out details of the program for the exercise.
“The two committees met formally on three different occasions. There were also other meetings
by the leadership of the two committees. In one of the formal meetings, a decision was taken to set up a sub-committee of 10 members comprising five members from the two sides to fast-track the process.
The sub-committee, conscious of the limited time available, immediately went into action working
day and night. After a painstaking exercise, they reached agreement on a program of activities that will lead to successful and hitch-free swearing-in and handover ceremonies.
“In the course of one of these meetings, committee members paid a courtesy call on His Excellency, Governor Rochas Okorocha who promised to do all within his powers to ensure a successful and
eventful swearing-in and handover ceremonies in the state come May, 29, 2019”, he disclosed.
He urged the Governor “to show good faith for once by redeeming his pledge to the good people of Imo state to ensure a successful and hitch-free swearing-in and Handover to the Governor-elect,
Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha without further delay”, stressing that he was “constrained to bring this
unpleasant development to the public domain in the hope that the state government will do the
He assured the people of Imo State that he has “put in place all arrangements within human powers to ensure that the exercise is a resounding success”.