Richard Ginika Izuora
Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, on Sunday, August 16, has offered explanation why he is not relating well with his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha shortly after he assumed office in January 2020.
Uzodinma explained that his refusal to grant the request of Okorocha to stop all inquests set up by Emeka Ihedioha to probe his administration caused the feud between them.
Uzodinma, who made this revelation during a caucus meeting of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Government House, Owerri; also unveiled other reasons why Okorocha has been silent about the present administration.
The governor disclosed that Okorocha made a request to him that he should allow the Daniel Nwafor led factional chairman of the APC in the State to continue because of his presidential ambition.
However, Uzodinma explained he refused to grant Okorocha’s request on the dissolution of the panels; because he believes that people of the State wanted him (Okorocha) to be held accountable; for his 8 years of governance in the State which he said they believe was not beneficial to them.
”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 as I told him; also that I think the mode of Imo people was in support of the probe.
“Then he made a second request of allowing Dan Nwafor to remain the chairman of APC in the State; I also declined and told him to allow the party and the laws of the land settle the issue in accordance with the rules of justice,” Uzodinma affirmed.