Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, on Friday accused the Peoples Democratic Party of orchestrating the theft of postage government properties and snatching of cars allocated to political appointees.
Okorocha made the allegations in response to photos in circulation depicting the widespread looting of government properties by persons believed to be agents of his administration.
The photographs surfaced on Facebook on Thursday.
Some of the photos were taken at Heroes Square in Owerri, the state capital, showing various items dumped at different points.
However, the governor in a statement by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, accused PDP and Governor-elect Emeka Ihedioha of deploying their agents in search of government properties, including solar streetlights.
They said these agents had formed the selves into task forces for the purported recovery of government property.
It reads; “We want to inform the general public and Imo people in particular that the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State have embarked on systematic and violent looting of properties owned by the state and brought or installed by Governor Rochas Okorocha. In doing that, they have adopted various unconventional tactics.
They have removed most of the solar street lights and other beauteous installations in the State Capital. They have removed expensive seats kept in public buildings. They have also begun to snatch official cars especially from the women appointees. And they operate mostly at night.
They have formed themselves into Property Recovery Committees and task forces and they claim to have been set up and inaugurated by Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who was declared winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the State.
In the course of doing all these, they have robbed innocent citizens of the State of their belongings. All these are what the PDP members are known for. They do not believe in orderliness. And having stayed out of power for eight years, they behave like dead people who have been resurrected from death. The only problem is that they have deployed their own excitement into looting.
And they have continued to accuse the outgoing government of looting. And in doing that, they have not been able to associate any government functionary with any of their false claims or show evidence of their Claims.
We have also been informed that they clashed with one of the Contractors over some construction materials at the Heroes Square, when they prevented the contractor from conveying the materials to his site and had tried to move the materials but the contractor resisted them.
The PDP members have not changed and will never change, with their awkward attitude this time. The irony also is that, in doing these absurd things they do not care how the generality of Imo people feel. This is regrettable.”