27 October 2019
Rochas Okorocha, the former governor of Imo State and current senator representing Orlu, is said to be close to striking a deal with his successor as governor, Emeka Ihedioha, that will see all corruption charges against the senator dropped.
Ihedioha, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), promised the people of the state on assumption of office in May this year that Okorocha’s allegedly brazen criminality in his two terms as governor will be investigated and all assets looted will be recovered. The governor won a lot of plaudits in his first few weeks in office with publicity stunts showing how public property was carted off by Okorocha and his cronies in their last days in office.
However, a well-placed source in Okorocha’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has now indicated that Ihedioha is singing a different tune and negotiations about a deal with Okorocha are far advanced. The source claims that the governor is putting the interests of the state behind his own personal and selfish agenda, which presumably is continuing the looting of public funds and ensuring he is reelected.
Ihedioha won the (s)election in March with Okorocha’s anointed successor and son-in-law Uche Nwosu as the main runner-up. By all indications, if both parties stick to their side of the deal, Okorocha would get to keep his loot, while Nwosu drops his governorship ambition for 2023.