The immediate past Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, has expressed concern, over the increase in the number of morgues providing funeral services in the State, since his successor Governor Rochas Okorocha assumed office.
The former governor, who is the Gubernatorial Candidate of Accord Party, AP, in the State, on the 2019 general elections, made the observation at a Town Hall meeting, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
According to Ohakim: “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.”
After showing the audience images of “decay” in all the General Hospitals, and water projects he left behind, Ohakim said: “I have the moral burden, political, economic, social, and spiritual responsibilities to the people of Imo State, and humanity at large, to challenge and address the wasteful, treacherous, deceitful, capricious, autocratic, totalitarian and perceivable draconian malady that has entangled Imo State, between 2011 and 2019.”
On the allegation that he embezzled N8 billion, through Nworie River Dredging Contract, 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.”
Ohakim was also irked that the traditional institution has been debased, frustrated, and caged by Okorocha, even as he viewed same as “a desecration of our cultural norms by the present administration.”