Catholic cleric, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has attacked Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha credibility, accusing him of giving a N50 million dud cheque to the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Dr. Anthony J.V. Obinna. Rev. Fr. Ejike MbakaMbaka told his congregation: “A lot of funny things are happening in Imo State now.
Workers are sacked with impunity. Governor Okorocha gave the Archbishop a N50 million cheque that bounced and this is supposed to be a Catholic”.He also talked about the rumour that Chief Ikedi Ohakim had flogged a Catholic priest.“I recall vividly that not long after I released a song to that effect, I invited the priest at the centre of the alleged beating, Rev. Fr. Eustace Okorie, and sought to know he truth from him. He denied that Ohakim flogged him and since this is the true position, I must also tell the world that Ohakim never dehumanized a priest”, Mbaka said.Governor Okorocha’s media aide, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo said that the Imo state governor did not give Archbishop Obinna N50 million dud cheque.“Let us simply aver and solemnly too, that the claim is not only false, but spurious and curious in many respects. There is no iota of truth in the wild allegation. You can call it an unholy blackmail, taking into account the person behind it”, Onwuemeodo said.He asked Rev. Fr. Mbaka to provide proof since cheques are physical, saying: “since the false claim on the N50m dud cheque didn’t come from the Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese or from any of the priests in the Archdiocese, it becomes reasonable for us to make do with our candid denial”.“Fr. Mbaka is not a priest in Imo State, talk more being a clergy in the Owerri Archdiocese of the Catholic Church where highly respected and a very decent priest, Archbishop Obinna superintends. You then ask yourself what is the interest of Rev. Fr. Mbaka”, Onwuemeodo said.Governor Rochas Okorocha is the governor of Imo state having been elected on 6th May 2011 on APGA format.HE beat the incumbent governor, governor Ikedi Ohakim to get the vote on a slight margin.