The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma on Tuesday in Abuja declared that there was nothing personal in the disagreement between him and his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
The Governor who spoke shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa noted that his government was only implementing the recommendations of a committee set up by a former governor, Emeka Ihedioha.
According to him, it was the committee that recommended in its report that all government land and property illegally acquired by individuals should be recovered.
He also denied any knowledge of the accusation by Okorocha that some people were trying to assassinate him.
He said, “Who will assassinate him? I don’t know about any attempt to assassinate Okorocha. Rather, what I know is that I have no personal issues with him.
“You will recall that before I became the governor, the Ihedioha administration set up a judicial panel of inquiry to look into acquisition and allegations of lands, converting government lands to personal property, and then removing private lands from individuals and giving to other individuals.
“The judicial panel of inquiry chaired by a judge met and concluded its job. A White Paper has since been produced.
“Institutions and agencies that are involved with implementation are doing their job.”
On the recent arrest of Okorocha by the Police for breaking into a property sealed by the government, Uzodinma denied any personal involvement in the ordeal, noting that there is a difference between what he does as a person and what the government does.
“I don’t want to go into that matter because government is a serious business, and I am very serious.
“I don’t have enough time to run the affairs of the state. But people should know the difference between being a governor and the government’s decisions and policies.
“We took oath to protect the rule of law, to protect our laws, and we shouldn’t be part of any arrangement to violate our laws,” Uzodinma said.
Meanwhile, a former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, on Tuesday condemned that air and ground attack by the military in Orlu, Imo State.
Ezeife in his statement accused the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, of allegedly inviting the army to torture the people he is leading
The third Republic Governor of Anambra State stated this during an interview with SaharaReporters on Tuesday.