- Governor ROchas Okorocha of Imo state has revealed some secrets about his administration and this includes his refusal to borrow from any bank
- The governor also said the administration had paid backlog of debts incurred by previois administrations
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has revealed that he cannot contest against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
“I will never run against President Buhari but would continue to support him in the overall interest of the nation, especially when he has stabilized the nation. I want to also say that those in Imo who made many political enemies should forget the Douglas House.
“We need people with free mind. I have killed the clannish nature of the state where people consider where you come from before doing anything for you.
“The politics of sentiment must be discarded and discouraged. It is shame for somebody to hope on zoning to win elections,” the governor said at a breakfast meeting with journalists in Owerri, the capital of Imo state.
Okorocha further revealed that his administration has never borrowed a dime from any bank.
The governor’s revelation came at a time many state governments are heavily indebted to banks with some allegedly even borrowing to pay salaries.
Okorocha made this explanation while reacting to allegations by opposition to his government that he is indebted to banks because of the numerous projects he has executed.
Vanguard reports that the governor said rather than borrowing, the government had even paid backlogs of debts incurred by previous administrations.
“For posterity, this government is not owing any bank or person any amount except for the bailout fund for which 100 million naira is being deducted from the source monthly. Any subsequent government that comes and says that Rochas borrowed is a criminal one,” Okorocha said.
He did not however state if his administration has any debt burden.
The governor also said his administration had spent over N50 billion on free education since its introduction and despite the claim by his detractors that the programme was a ruse.
On the reported crisis between him and the chairman of the state Council of Ndi-Eze, the governor said: “Let me clarify, Ilomuanya is no longer an Eze (king), he is Mr Ilomuanya. He is not an Eze and will no longer be an Eze. Let me give you an insight, for the purpose of those who misplace facts.
“What Illomuanya went to court for is to claim that he is still the chairman of Imo state Traditional Rulers Council. First of all, I removed him as chairman; he wasn’t coming to meetings or attending any function so we removed him as Eze.
“He went to court and the court said status quo should remain which means the last incident should remain which is his removal, which was the last thing that took him to court.
“His five years tenure ended three years ago, so the issue of tenure is over, he can only ask for entitlement of the tenure.”