From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, Owerri
The leadership of the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the crisis rocking the government of Rochas Okorocha as self-inflicted as the administration is not known for due process but operates as if it is a military government, which is not accountable to anybody.
Addressing journalists at the state party secretariat in Owerri, the Imo State capital, yesterday, Chief Eze Duru Ihuoma (SAN), state chairman said the PDP as a party or the presidency as an institution had no hands in the crisis rocking the Okorocha government as the current political face-off between the deputy governor, the state Assembly was self-inflicted.
“The crisis rocking the state government is self-inflicted and anybody that followed what is happening will know that there will be crisis sooner or later. It is now known that a whopping sum of N1.3 billion could be signed across the counter by the state governor to pay a foreigner for doing nothing in a state ravaged by hunger and unemployment while indigenous contractors are left to die without payment.”
He maintained that something was wrong with a system where the governor approved the payment of a whole contract sum without the certificate of performance, adding that more worrisome was the speed with which the government embarked on new projects without designs and budgetary allocations.
“The government has commenced 1,000 road projects without designs and ask contractors to execute it and majority of those projects were not captured in the state budgets and today they have not been paid. Today, everyone has seen what we are talking about the government which refused to pay indigenous contractors but paid a Lebanese over a billion naira.”
The party added that the policies of the Okorocha government was anti-people because money spent on the projects had not impacted positively on the citizens’ lives, noting that “our fears about the government’s free education has been justified today and we are sure that there are more monies being paid to foreigners with no proof of work done.”
“This administration is sick because things are terribly wrong with the state and the state governor has explanations to do on the upfront payment of over N1.3 billion. There may be more such payments.”