Chike Okafor, a member of the House of Representatives, advised Governor Ihedioha of Imo state to leave his predecessor, Okorocha, alone – Okafor said Ihedioha should focus on governance and avoid distractions – The lawmaker also said Okorocha’s probe by the EFCC is not a witchhunt but, adding that it is nothing new in the country for a former governor to be invited by the anti-graft agency Chike Okafor, a member of the House of Representatives, has called on the Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, to leave his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, alone and focus on governing the state. Okafor, who is representing Ehime Mbano /Ihite Uboma /Obowo Federal Constituency at the lower legislative chamber, stated this on Tuesday, September 17, shortly after his swearing-in, as a member of the House.
The lawmaker said that Ihedioha needs to concentrate on governance and avoid unnecessary distractions.
His words: “I want to settle down fully in the National Assembly. I don’t want to dabble into local politics back home for now. But I will say without any fear of contradiction that I wish the governor in my state settles down and faces the issues of governance in my state and leave out a man he took over from. This is my position.
In summary, I wish that His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha will face the challenging issues in the state and leave Senator Okorocha alone.” Asked for his view on Okorocha’s ongoing probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Okafor said it is nothing new in the country for a former governor to be invited by the anti-graft agency.
He said: “It is not a new thing in our democracy that public officers having served as governor and serving as a senator will have a couple of invitations from the anti-graft agencies. They are doing their job but at the end of the day, we know, it is not a witch-hunt, I want to believe. It will pan out fine.
The analyst explains “It is not the first time it is happening in our democracy and it won’t be the last time. Some of us have also faced inquisition and inquiry by those anti-graft agencies. So, distinguished Senator Rochas Okorocha is having his turn now. It won’t be his turn next. It will be some other person’s turn.”
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that Governor Ihedioha-led Imo state government sued Okorocha to a magistrate court for alleged incitement against the former’s administration. The suit filed at the Owerri district of the magistrate court was accusing Okorocha of making inciting statements against the state government through his radio station, Reach FM. The state government also claimed that one of Governor Ihedioha’s aides was physically assaulted by thugs as he was serving court processes at Okorocha’s residence.