The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has formally requested that his successor, Emeka Ihedioha should order a member of the committee on recovery of stolen state government assets, Mr. Jasper Ndubuaku, to tender public apology for allegedly slapping his (Okorocha’s) daughter, Uloma Rochas Nwosu.
Mr. Okorocha made the demand in a statement issued on Sunday in Owerri by his media aide, Sam Onwuemedo, noting that it was improper for the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the state not to have apologised to him (Okorocha), his daughter Uloma and family, three days after the alleged incident.
The said Uloma is Okorocha’s first daughter, married to Uche Nwosu, the Action Alliance candidate who was defeated by Ihedioha in a bitter 2019 governorship election.
“On Friday, July 26, 2019, a member of the Committee on Recovery of Government Property set up by Governor Emeka Ihedioha and led by Mr. Jasper Ndubuaku, slapped the daughter of the former governor of Imo State, Mrs. Uloma Rochas Okorocha, when she went to the All-In Furniture Store owned by her mother, to know why members of the committee invaded the store and began to tamper with items, including the ones inside the containers, especially when the EFCC had marked the shop for investigation also following their petitions to that effect,” the statement said.
Okorocha, who is now a senator, representing Imo West at the National Assembly, said that for eight years he was governor, he did not misuse his power ato intimidate any indigene of the state.
He also accused Mr. Ihedioha of blackmailing him.
However, Governor Ihedioha pushed back the accusation, saying that such allegation by Okorocha would not stop him from recovering movable government assets allegedly stolen during the latter’s administration.
The Special Adviser on media to the governor, Steve Osuji, in any case, said no appointee of the governor slapped Okorocha’s daughter, explaining that “We are not aware that such thing happened. We are not unruly like them.
“If they are sure of what they are saying, let them go to court. They know the right thing to do.”