- The Prof Maurice Iwu-led Imo Economic Development Initiative has been chided by the Imo state government for allegedly leaking the outcome of a private meeting
- Governor Rochas Okorocha had wanted the discussion to stay private, and had directed participants to drop their phones at the entrance to the venue
- The state government stated that Iwu and his team abused the respect extended to them; and as such, do not deserve any respect
Governor Rochas Okorocha has blasted the Prof Maurice Iwu-led Imo Economic Development Initiative for allegedly leaking to the press, the outcome of a private meeting they held at the Government House on Friday, January 5, The Sun reports.
The economic team had visited Okorocha to talk about issues including the state’s economy and poverty level, the ban on motorcycles, the debt status, among others.
NAIJ.com gathers that prior to the meeting, the governor had issued a directive that all participants should drop their phones with protocol personnel at the entrance of the venue.
Okorocha reportedly gave the directive in order to ensure the discussion stayed private.
However, Iwu and his team were accused of leaking the details to the press, by Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor’s chief press secretary, who stated that they do not deserve any respect from the government.
He stated: “Less than 48 hours, the story of the meeting was everywhere in the media with some of them quoting from the document Prof Iwu read. Which means the team released the document they came with to the press.
“And by so doing, justifying the initial observations of the governor concerning the timing of the meeting and the political inclinations and aspirations of key members of the team.
“For that reason, we do not think that Prof Iwu and his team deserve our respect again, having abused the respect we had extended to them, since one does not eat his cake and still have it.
“We have always maintained that the 2019 election will be left for Imo people to decide at the poll with regard to who will govern the state after Governor Okorocha. It is not by tricks. We have our achievements to show the difference between us and all those before us.
“And they know that it will be difficult for Imo people not to listen to Rochas when the time comes with regard to his monumental achievements.
“It is going to be achievements galore versus propaganda stuff. And your guess will be as good as mine, on the one that would mean much to Imo people when the time comes."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that 27 Imo state lawmakers reportedly shunned Governor Rochas Okorocha’s 2018 budget presentation.
The lawmakers, who were supposed to receive the budget proposal from the governor as well as the staff of the Assembly all stayed away throughout the day.
After a long wait, the presentation was cancelled in the evening when it was clear that it could no longer hold. The chamber remained locked all day.
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