The ongoing battle between the new governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, and predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, may escalate soon as Ihedioha has vowed to probe every financial dealings done in the previous regime .
While speaking to the incoming lawmakers at a retreat in Oguta, the governor reiterated that nothing was handed over to him by Okorocha, and vowed that all those who embezzled state funds must be dealt with, adding that security agencies would be involved to investigate all spendings.
“I will have to involve the services of security agencies in making sure that those who served the state must account for money spent.
“I will criminalise those who loot our treasury. Nothing was handed over to me. We must make them accountable,” Ihedioha said.
He urged the incoming lawmakers to serve the state diligently, noting that the State is at a “critical point”.
“The opportunities that your legislative position offers may also appear daunting as it is exciting, and as challenging as it is empowering.
“I say this, because you will be assuming your position as members of this legislative assembly at a very critical time, when the state is at the crossroads of seeking recovery from an era of arbitrariness to the new direction that we are set to go, of order, due process and respect for the rule of law.”
Meanwhile, recall that former governor Rochas Okorocha, on the eve of his exit from office, had warned the incoming administration of Ihedioha not to fight him.
“When you remove this seal of governance off my face, you will see the real Rochas. The real Rochas is still asleep, if not bigger than the governor, so let no one fight me and I will not fight anybody,” Okorocha had said.