Imo govt not sponsoring my inauguration -Ihedioha

May 27th, 2019

From Everest Ezihe, Owerri

The Imo State governor-elect under the plat­form of Peoples Dem­ocratic Party (PDP), Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, has denied media statement attributed to the out-going Governor Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC), that a whopping sum of one hundred and fifty mil­lion Naira (N150m) has been released by the state govern­ment for the inauguration of the new administration, say­ing despite the frantic efforts, not even a dime has been giv­en by the state government, rather he is solely sponsoring the entire programme.

Ihedioha made this revela­tion in Owerri, during media briefing by the chairman, 2019 Imo State Governorship Inauguration Planning and Handover Committee, Barr. Chris Okewulonu, Okewu­lonu.

It would be recalled that on their inauguration early last month by the governor-elect, the major mandate given to the committee was to interface with the outgo­ing administration of Gov­ernor Okorocha, with a view to organize a befitting inauguration and handover ceremony.

The chairman disclosed that in the course of their work, they met with the outgoing government’s team thrice, believing that issues agreed upon will be strictly adhered to in their imple­mentation, unfortunately the reverse proved to be the case.

According to him “Rather, we have taken note of de­liberate attempts by some hirelings to blackmail the in­coming governor with base­less and spurious assertions. In the last couple of weeks, the mass media, especially the social / new media have been awash that #150 Million was released by Governor Okorocha to the in- coming governor to assist him in the inauguration planning exer­cise,” he reported.

The chairman pointed out that no such money was ever released to his commit­tee or to anybody else who is part of the in-coming gov­ernment of Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha and no assistance whatsoever from Imo State Government.

He further expressed dis­may by what he described as futile attempts by some busy bodies to take undeserved glory for the wonderful achievements the in – com­ing Governor has recorded even before assumption of office stressing their com­mitment to organize a befit­ting inauguration ceremony.

Okewulonu also assured that the Central Planning Committee as well as its various sub-committees have worked assiduously to ensure a seamless inau­guration ceremony which started yesterday (Sunday) with an interdenominational church service at Grasshop­pers International Handball Stadium, Owerri and would be followed on Monday with Art Exhibition while on Tuesday will be the Inaugu­ration Lecture with Mega Youth Concert.

Other programs he said will be on Wednesday which is the swearing in of the Governor – Elect, His Excel­lency, Rt.Hon. Emeka Ihe­dioha and his Deputy, Hon (Engr) Gerald Irona and the program will be rounded up with a State Banquet.

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