Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has told his successor, Emeka Ihedioha to wake up to his responsibilities as governor amd stop behaving as if he is still in the House of Representatives.
Mr. Okorocha said this in Owerri on Sunday in a statement by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, urging the new governor to face his tasks instead of finding faults where they did not exist.
He said instead of Ihedioha to start work urgently as the state governor, he has been busy setting up committees as if he was still a member of the House of Representatives.
Okorocha also accused the governor of releasing pictures of non-existent bad projects and attributing them to his eight-year administration.
He claimed that he executed over 1,000 verifiable projects across the 27 local government areas of the state, boasting that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government could not achieve in 50 years what his administration achieved in eight years.
The statement read, “The new governor of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has not started to govern the state; looking at his activities and utterances so far.
“He has been embarking on oversight functions as if he is still at the National Assembly where he was, uninterruptedly, for 12 years.
“He has also been busy setting up series of committees with at least three committees a day, and has never done any serious thing or taken any serious step or said any serious thing to show that he has actually taken the seat as the governor of the state. He also seems not to have cared about asking questions.
“In the course of doing oversight functions even as governor, he would go to one bad dredging site which he won’t mention where it is, he would send out the photograph just to blackmail his predecessor or he would send out the photograph of one bad toilet they got from somewhere and said it was in the Government House. So petty and unserious all these days.
“The former governor left more than 1,000 verifiable projects behind for him. He has never cared to visit any of the projects to show that he has come to work and that he means well.
“If he could be showing the world one bad toilet we knew they got from Owerri Office of the PDP when landmark projects are located at various parts of the state waiting for him to see, and know what to do with them; then he hasn’t come for service.”
Okorocha listed some of the projects his administration executed to include “the International Cargo Airport, the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Prisons Service, six new universities, four polytechnics, there colleges of education, 27 general hospitals and ultra-modern markets.”