Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has been receiving serious backlash from major stakeholders and the general public for his recent claim that his wife, Nkechi Okorocha, was in control of at least four ministries in the state.
Okorocha made this known during the week in Owerri, when the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Imo State, recognized his wife, Nkechi with the “Most Outstanding Governor’s Wife Award.”
In reaction, the people of the state have described the political situation as totally unacceptable and accused Governor Okorocha of converting the state to his private property.
President of Igbo National Council, Comrade Chilos Godsent, describes it as a ridicule of public office saying; “It is a reckless statement and it is very unethical to make such a statement in a public function. It ridicules the sensibility of the public. It indicates that it is a one man’s business.”
Similarly, Chairman of PDP in the state, Chief Charles Ezekwem, said the administration was the private business of Okorocha.
Ezekwem said the Governor can decide to run the affairs of government the way he likes, but if it is true that his wife controls any ministry, that is, however, improper.
A former speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, described it as ‘an aberration’. In a statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Chibike Onyeukwu, Ihedioha said it is an aberration and runs contrary to the ethics of governance and standard process of democratic engineering and good governance.
Ihedioha further adds that it confirmed fears that Okorocha has personalized governance in Imo State. A situation where he has totally abdicated his duties as governor is totally unacceptable, he said.
The Executive Director of Human Rights for Citizens Development, Comrade Ikechukwu, also described the statement as ‘crude’.
Comrade Ikechukwu said he was surprised to hear such a statement from Governor Rochas Okorocha, adding that some public officials don’t understand why they are in office and need to be careful of whatever they say in office.