The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the outgoing Governor, Rochas Okorocha, of leaving the state in very bad shape, with a liability of N300 billion.
The PDP explained in Owerri yesterday that Okorocha incurred over N100 billion debt and abandoned projects worth more than N200 billion across the state.
The publicity secretary, Damian Opara, was reacting to the claim by Okorocha that he was leaving over N42 billion for the incoming administration of PDP’s Emeka Ihedioha.
According to PDP, Okorocha’s claim was unverifiable, baseless and a bad precedence for the Imo government.
“We have it on good authority that Rochas abandoned projects worth more than N200 billion all over Imo. He abandoned the five-star hotels he was building in Okigwe and Owerri.
He abandoned the 27 general hospitals he started. He abandoned the 15km rural roads he said he was going to construct.
“What is he leaving behind? He is leaving behind a debt of N100 billion for Imo State. He is leaving over 90 months pension arrears. He is leaving the Imo civil servants in agony.
He owes them for the past four years and their 48 months salaries were not paid in full. He is talking of money we will get by counterpart funding.
That was just a trap for the incoming administration, but we are going to overcome it,” Opara stated.