Following many verbal exchanges, claims and counter-claims, the immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has formally handed over to his successor, Emeka Ihedioha.
Ex-Governor Okorocha was not physically present at the event, but handed over through his principal secretary, Emeka Duru, on Thursday in Owerri, the state capital.
The Imo State governor was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Uche Onyeagucho, during the ceremony which was held in his office in Owerri.
The handover was reported in a statement issued by the media aide to the SSG, MacDonald Enwere,
According to the statement, “The immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, today delivered his handover note to the state Governor, His Excellency, Emeka Ihedioha CON, through his Principal Secretary, Emeka Duru.
“The handover note was received on behalf of the governor by the Secretary to the State Government, Uche Onyeagucha, in his office at the early hours of today.”
“Receiving the handover note, the Secretary to the State Government said the immediate past governor, Rochas Okorocha, had refused to hand over to the present Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, since after he left office on 29th May, 2019. He said that such an act was sheer aberration and contradicted the principle of constitutional and democratic governance.”