The Oasis Reporters
March 16, 2019
As a good student of contemporary history and government, Nigeria’s former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and now the Imo state governor-elect, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, has advised financial institutions to stop new transactions with the state government or do so, at their own peril.
Ihedioha must have cast his mind back, eight years ago when the outgoing Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha newly emerged as the APGA governor- elect of Imo state.
Immediately Rochas was declared the governor-elect of Imo state, he took away the Imo State Accountant General and wrote a letter to all the Banks not to honour any cheques from the outgoing governor. The Accountant General disappeared until Rochas was sworn in.
Rochas Okorocha was said to have left all state Commissioners without severance pay as well as collecting all official vehicles from the commissioners.
He was also also said to have set up a task force that pursued individuals Ohakim gave private fairly used cars and dismissed many officials that served under the Ikedi
Ohakim led government.
Having seemingly read the first chapter of Okorocha’s rules book, Ihedioha, who spoke at a media interaction in Owerri on Thursday after the publication of The Oasis Reporters post earlier in the week detailing the precarious situation the Imo state finances were, titled “The Monumental Economic Disaster, Misfortune Okorocha Is Leaving Behind For Ihedioha” written by Dr Nnaemeka Onyeka Obiaraeri, (FICA, MIRA), said new transactions would increase chances of illegal activities and jeopardise the financial stability of the state. He said his duty and responsibility would be to ensure that citizens and residents of the state remained united and work together for the common good of the state.
Though the move by Emeka Ihedioha might seem cautionary, when Rochas Okorocha wrote the letter to banks asking for a halt in financial transactions before his swearing in, scholars queried the validity of such a move, since there was a validly elected governor till May 29, 2011 and grounding government activities financially was preemptive and disruptive