Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, is currently at the receiving end of harsh criticisms following his recent claim that his wife, Nkechi, was in control of at least four ministries in the state.
The governor made the revelation when the correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Imo State, recognized Nkechi with the “Most Outstanding Governor’s Wife Award” during the week in Owerri.
Reacting to his statement, Igbo National Council, INC, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha said Okorocha had succeeded in converting the state to his private property.
President of Igbo National Council, Comrade Chilos Godsent, said it amounted to ridicule of public office.
According to Godsent, “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.”
On his part, the Executive Director of Human Rights for Citizens Development, Comrade Ikechukwu, said the statement was crude.
“When I heard it, I was surprised and felt that some public officials don’t understand why they are in office. So, we must let them know they should be careful of whatever they say in office.
“What type of government do we have in this state? We want our public officials to know that they have a duty to provide us the necessary social amenities and not to just provide for themselves.”
Adding his voice, Chairman of PDP in the state, Chief Charles Ezekwem, said the administration was the private business Okorocha.
“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, I don’t think it is proper I only think that there is nothing we say now that can change anything,” Ezekwem said.
A former speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, described it as an aberration.
Ihedioha, in a statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Chibike Onyeukwu, said: “It is an aberration; it runs contrary to the ethics of governance and standard process of democratic engineering and good governance.
“It has yet further confirmed our fears that Okorocha has personalized governance in Imo State. A situation where he has totally abdicated his duties as governor is totally unacceptable.”