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The Government of Imo State sealed Okorocha’s property, not me – Governor Uzodinma says

Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of Imo State

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on Tuesday said that he had no personal quarrel with former Governor Rochas Okorocha.

The two All Progressives Congress (APC) heavyweights in Imo have been at loggerheads over alleged shiponing of properties belonging to the state by the former governor.

On Sunday, a clash between Okorocha’s thugs and Uzodinma’s reportedly led to the death of two persons.

Okorocha who is now a Senator led some of his people to the Royal Spring Palm Estate Hotel, Akachi, which was seal by the Government of Imo State.

Uzodinma who spoke at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said he knows nothing about any attempt to assassinate Okorocha; “I don’t know about any attempt to assassinate Okorocha, rather what I know, is I have no personal issues with Okorocha.

“You will recall that before I became governor, the Ihedioha administration set up a judicial panel of inquiry to look into acquisitions and allegations of lands, converting government lands to personal property, and then removing private lands from individuals and giving them other individuals.

“The judicial panel of inquiry chaired by a judge met and they concluded their job. And a white paper has since been raised.

“You know institutions and agencies that are involved with implementation are doing their job. And the only thing I know is that a few days ago, the former governor went with his thugs to one of the properties sealed by government. You people saw it, it was live.

“He went there with thugs, wounded the policemen there, wounded the NSCDC officer, who is currently still in the hospital and then broke in and entered.

“Of course, you must have heard him say that he is richer than government and that he is above the law. I am not directly involved. It is a position taken by government.

“There is a difference between governor and government. The government of Imo State sealed the property. And I think that if there is anything anybody considers not right, the person should go to court to redress the issue and not take the law into one’s hand, or take to self-help.

“I remember that under Ihedioha, there was a recovery committee, chaired by one Jasper Ndubaku. When they tried to visit Okorocha’s house, they were beaten to a stupor. And the same man who did that is now doing the same thing and almost killed the man who did it during his time,” Uzodinma said.

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