The Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has said that he fell out with former governor Rochas Okorocha because he turned down his request to dissolve investigation panels set up by the Emeka Ihedioha administration.
Uzodinma said this in a statement on Sunday by his media office, titled, ‘Why I fell out with Okorocha – Uzodinma,’ noting that Okorocha made the request to clear the coast for his ambition to run for presidency in 2023.
He said, “There were two requests Okorocha made to me when I became governor. The first was to dissolve the panels set up by Ihedioha to probe his administration. I refused to grant the request because I think the mood of the Imo people was in support of the probe.
“The second request was to allow Dan Nwafor to remain chairman of APC in the State.
“I also declined that request and told him that the party rules were there to guide everyone on the matter.”
Meanwhile, Okorocha has denied asking Uzodinma to stop the investigative panels.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr Jones Onwuasanaya, the former governor said he only requested for a fair hearing from an impartial panel.
He claimed he could not get justice from the current one allegedly dominated by Peoples Democratic Party members.
Ihedioha had set up the panels to look into allegations of massive corruption and financial recklessness during the Okorocha governorship.