by Obidike Nwagwu Esq
With the numerous revelations about what transpired during the administration of Senator Rochas Okorocha, now being made public by the Senator Hope Uzodinma administration, it has become clearer to Imo people, why Okorocha fought so hard to install his son inlaw as his successor.
Uzodinma recently revealed what happened to the bailout funds, given to the Rochas Okorocha administration, by the Federal Government, for the purpose of payment of backlogs of salaries and pensions.
Uzodinma who was speaking to the National leadership of the National Union of Pensioners NUP, who paid him a courtesy call at Government House Owerri, revealed that the bailout funds given to Okorocha, were transferred to operators of Bureau de Change, and converted to dollars, with the Okorocha administration, unable to give account of what the money was used for.
It can be recalled that Comrade Precious Nwadike, the publisher of a local tabloid, Watchdog newspaper, had blown the whistle on the theft of the bailout funds, which was kept in the residence of Okorocha’s son in-law, Uche Nwosu.
Uche Nwosu had dragged Nwadike before a court, but the case was thrown out, as Uche Nwosu could not disprove Nwadike’s allegations about what happened to the money.
Other revelations, especially from the Judicial Panel of Enquiry report on lands, have exposed monumental looting of the state, by Okorocha, his family members, and political associates.
The report of the enquiry, had led to the recovery of several looted property from Okorocha and his family members, including the KOM University formerly Eastern Palm University, the IBC Orji property, the Royal Spring Palm Hotels owned by Okorocha’s wife, Mrs Nkechi Okorocha, amongst others.
It was probably to safeguard these looted property, as well as keep Imo people from finding out what happened to the bailout funds and other monies that passed through Okorocha hands, that the former governor tried to install his son inlaw as Imo governor.
However, it is believed that his greed to have everything (Senate seat and Governorship seat), cost him the Governorship seat, and now threatens not only to cost him the Senate seat at the next election, but probably his freedom, if he is found culpable in fraud cases instituted against him.
Uzodinma revealed that Okorocha had filed 120 lawsuits, trying to stop the Imo State government from recovering the looted property from him, but one begins to wonder, for Okorocha, whose administration was legendary for disobeying court rulings, seeking help from the same courts he once disrespected and disregarded was laughable to say the least.