Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday debunked media reports that he was under impeachment threat by lawmakers in the state. A statement made available to Daily Sun by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, described various allegations raised in the publications as untrue. He said the government was not aware of any move by the state House of Assembly to impeach the governor.Continue reading after the Break…
He said the impeachment rumour had been on in some quarters but the governor was only reacting because the media also came up with the same claim. The governor commended the lawmakers for supporting the executive arm to make giant strides in the state.
“The lawmakers in Imo have been so wonderful and have been working hand in glove with the state governor in achieving the massive transformation that has taken place in the state, in spite of their political affiliations,” the statement read.
Having thrown their weight behind the governor, he said, there was no reason for the governor to doubt the existing conviviality between the two arms, adding that Imo people had benefited immensely from the cooperation. He said the mutual relationship was dear to the state and wished it continued. The governor said there was no basis for such impeachment move, explaining that he had written his name in gold following the achievements his administration had recorded in the state.
“The assembly members in Imo State are all honourable men, who would not like to be associated with the impeachment of a popular and people-oriented governor with high record of achievements. To us, the impeachment story is vague,” the statement added.
The governor stated that the issue of unpaid entitlements as alleged in the reports could be resolved between both arms if it existed, adding that entitlements of lawmakers was a recurring issue anywhere in the world.
“If there is anything like that, one does not feel it is enough for people to begin to insinuate impeachment. Even the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state that has shown much desperation to come back to power would not contemplate asking their members to settle for impeachment against Governor Okorocha because they know it would be the most unpopular action in the history of the state and it must fail.”