By Toby Prince
The immediate past Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has claimed that there was an alarming increase in the number of morgues providing in the state since Governor Rochas Okorocha assumed office.
Ohakim, who is the gubernatorial candidate of Accord Party (AP) is aiming to return to power having served just one term.
In a statement at a town hall meeting in Owerri, the ex-governor lamented the surge in the number of morgues providing funeral services.
He said: “Imo State now has, as at December 2018, 180 morgues, from the 18 we had when I left office in 2011. It is now clear that funeral services are now the most thriving enterprise in the state.”
“I have the moral burden, political, economic, social and spiritual responsibilities to the people of Imo people and humanity at large, to challenge and address the wasteful, treacherous, deceitful, capricious, autocratic, totalitarian and perceivably draconian malady that has entangled Imo State, between 2011 and 2019.”
On the allegation that he embezzled N8bn, through Nworie River Dredging Contract, Chief Ohakim also said that the dredging with three bridges was a Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Federal Government project.
“Two bridges in the contract, at Egbeada and Nekede roads, had been completed before I left office. However, for reasons best known to Rochas Okorocha, he neglected or was unable to follow up on this environmentally impactful contract”, Ohakim said.
The AP governorship candidate accused Okorocha of “ignorantly or deliberately destroying the flow of Rivers Nworie and Otamiri, with poorly constructed culverts, instead of bridges in utter contravention of engineering design”.