The Imo State governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has denied ever ordering for the arrest of his predecessor, Sen. Rochas Okorocha, stating that reports that he ever did so was sponsored by fake news purveyors.
Ihedioha who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Chibuike Onyeukwu, said he would never order that Okorocha should be arrested despite the fact that he had plundered the state resources.
Onyeukwu noted that he is conscious of the hate campaign against Gov. Ihedioha, including, but not limited to the malicious allegation that he has ordered the arrest of Chief Rochas Okorocha.
“Nothing can be farther from the truth. The governor who has a distinguished career and concluded his legislative assignment as a Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives, has also built an enduring reputation for respect for rule of law and the independence of the different arms of government,” Onyeukwu said.
In the alleged criminal matters involving the former governor which the relevant agencies are investigating, the CPS said Gov. Ihedioha believes that the law must be allowed to take its course as the judiciary is the arbiter in matters for which the former governor is being accused.
“We therefore wish to restate that Governor Ihedioha will not interfere in the investigation of the former governor by relevant agencies but shall continue to abide by and lead Imo State in the established democratic principles as enshrined in the laws of our land.
However, we wish to calm frayed nerves and reassure the people of Imo State that despite all provocations and disruptive actions of a disgruntled minority, we shall remain focused on our agenda anchored on good governance, rule of law, human capital development, and integrated infrastructural development,” Onyeukwu concluded.