Former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha says becoming a governor made me even poorer.
Mr. Okorocha made the claim while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, pushing back allegations that he acquired properties with government funds.
According to him, he had always been a successful person before coming into office in 2011, challenging anyone with evidence that he mismanaged funds meant for the government to come forward.
“I challenge anybody to prove that I acquired any property with any government fund.
“I think people have forgotten that I was Rochas before becoming the governor of Imo State; I think they have forgotten completely.
“If anything, becoming a governor made me even poorer than what I was in the past. I don’t know whether I acquired any property here in Abuja, there is none.”
Okorocha added that those making the allegation are referring to a hotel that belongs to his wife, which is used to fund their foundation.
He said there is no way he would have stole the government’s money when its monthly allocation is small.
He boasted that, as governor, he built the best international cargo airport and police state command in the country, as well as 27 hospitals, a new government house, a new court, and a new prison, among other projects.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had recently arrested Okorocha on corruption, but he was released on bail after spending two night in detention.
Mr. Okorocha, now representing Imo West in the National Assembly continue to deny the allegations.
The Imo State Judicial Commission of Enquiry on Contracts instituted by ex-Governor Emeka Ihedioha, and headed by Justice Benjamin Iheaka, had in October 2020 indicted Okorocha for contract fraud worth N106billion.