- Governor Rochas Okorocha plans to build houses for past governors of Imo state
- Four past governors of the state would benefit from the housing project
- According to him, these governor deserve the appreciation for their service to Imo state
The governor of Imo state Rochas Okorocha has promised to build houses for past governors of the state.
The governor while speaking to journalists at the Imo state Government House on Sunday, April 22, said four past governors of the state would benefit from the project.
Daily Independent reports that Okorocha said the governors - Sam Mbakwe, Evan Enwerem, Achike Udenwa, and Ikedi Ohakim - have been over-estimated on how wealthy they became after leaving office as governors.
He said such ideology is a wrong assessment for people to conclude that former governors become wealthy once they leave office. He also said that these governor deserve the appreciation of the people of Imo state for the service to the state.
Okorocha asked: “Where is the wealth Sam Mbakwe was said to have accumulated for which he was imprisoned?
"Where is the wealth today? You need to see what the children are going through. Where is the wealth Enwerem, or Udenwa, or Ohakim were said to have acquired?
Look around and show me where this wealth said to have been accumulated by the former governors is. It is not true. The problem lies with the perception of people. They have the feeling that once you are a governor, you must have gotten the franchise to acquire wealth, which is far from reality."
He also noted that he had no bank account nor houses in any part of the world and does not believe it was the best of actions to begin to have money in foreign accounts or houses overseas.
The governor cautioned Nigerians against referring to all leaders as corrupt people but rather appreciate.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Okorocha had endorsed his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him as governor of Imo state.
Nwosu's ambition for the seat of governor in the state took a strong ground when 20 out of the 27 members of the Imo state House of Assembly lent their support to him.
A member of the House representing Oguta constituency, Henry Ezediaro, said the state law makers agreed to endorse Nwosu because they believe in his potential to sustain the ideologies and traditions of the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s administration in Imo.
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