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Our attention has been drawn to a recent press statement credited to former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, wherein he made unfounded assertions on the 7-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Lands instituted by the Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON to look into the issues of land administration from 2006 to May, 2019.

The former Governor made several petty allegations in the said release, re-echoing his lullaby that he has been a target for witch-hunt by Governor Ihedioha. He also said investors were being dissuaded from investing in the state.

We have deliberately avoided the ploy of the ex-governor to drag us to the level of exchange of words in an attempt to seek cheap relevance in the media.

This is because the good people of the Imo State had already evaluated the performance of the former governor and their verdict is outright condemnation of his irresponsive and irresponsible misgovernance characterized by the unprecedented plundering of the state treasury.

Governor Ihedioha has made it clear that he has no intention whatsoever to witch hunt former Governor Okorocha or anybody for that matter.

The timely constitution of the Judicial Inquiry on Lands and other related matters by Governor Ihedioha is driven by the ceaseless complaints, petitions and lamentations by citizens of the state of impunity, irregularities and deliberate distortions of the original master plan of the state.

We wonder how former Governor Okorocha arrived at the unfounded allegations that the Panel is on a witch hunt when the inquiry dates back to the Chief AchikeUdenwa administration.

One may not be wrong to believe that there could be more to such panic reaction from the former Governor even when the Panel is yet to fully commence its assignment.

We are not unaware that the incessant vituperation and abuses by the former governor is targeted at distracting the People’s Governor with a view to derailing the Rebuilding process. 

There is no gain-saying the fact that Governor Ihedioha is not on a vendetta mission but on a Rebuilding Mission of the State and no amount of childish tantrums will reverse the trend.

It is also important to draw the attention of the former governor who is seemingly out of touch with recent happenings in the state; to the retinue of investors thronging the state courtesy of the dexterity of His Excellency, Governor EmekaIhedioha.

This surge in eager investors and donor agencies is a clear function of the credibility, believability and goodwill Governor Ihedioha has brought to bear since his inauguration. By far, this was not the case during the last administration.

This administration is on course and cannot be distracted or derailed by such mindless and unfounded allegations; which of course are poorly rehearsed diversionary stunts, intended to pull wool over the eyes of Imo people and Nigerians in general.

The resolve of this administration to subject to judicious scrutiny, every action that violated the people and the extant laws of our land is iron-clad.

And for the avoidance of doubt; the innocent has nothing to fear.

Chibuike Onyeukwu

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

August 16, 2019

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