Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, has no constitutional powers to issue directives to banks when he has yet to take over the affairs of the state.
Okorocha, in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, on Friday in Owerri, said that the governor-elect was behaving like a typical member of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The governor said that Ihedioha was only interested in the treasury of the state.Okorocha asked Ihedioha to exercise patience until May 29 before he would start issuing directives to banks on the financial dealings of the state.
He said, “Emeka Ihedioha, who was declared winner of the governorship election in the state by the Prof Francis Ezeonu, does not have the right or locus standi yet, to harass or give directives to the financial Institutions in the state over their dealings with the state government.
“The media report quoting Ihedioha to have given such directive is unfortunate and a sign of ugly things to come. Otherwise, Ihedioha should not have been the first, of all the governors-elect in the country, to issue such directive.
“We are also not surprised at his issuing the directive because as a PDP man, his interest, first and foremost, will be the treasury of the state, and the policy or the slogan of share the money will soon come back, but he should exercise patience and wait till he is sworn in.
“He shouldn’t be in a hurry. There is a government in place and until May 29, 2019, that government should continue.”