Former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has said that the incumbent governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma should apologise to him for sealing his properties when his administration had already appealed a judgment barring it from sealing properties owned by himself and members of his family.
Okorocha lamented that following the government’s action no fewer than 200 persons have lost their jobs at the Royal Spring Palm Estate, Owerri, because of its shutdown by the state government.
The former governor, who currently represents Imo West Senatorial District in the Senate, however commended the government for finally deciding to toe the paths of honour and law, in lieu of resorting to self help, which he had complained against.
In a statement issued by his media adviser, Sam Onwuemeodo in Owerri, the state capital, the former governor however said he equally expected the government to be humble enough to apologize to the general public, “for feeding them with all kinds of lies and denials including, denying the existence of a valid Court Judgement on the Properties in question.
“By going on appeal, the government has vindicated us. It has authenticated our repeated claim that there has been an existing Judgement on these properties, with its accompanying orders. It also added flesh to our claim that the government’s onslaught was borne out of hatred, envy and vendetta. We were also right to have declared the forfeiture order got by the government few days ago, as an afterthought and belated.
“Our worry is that, if the government had gone on appeal since December 3, 2020, why invading and sealing the same properties? Why going again for forfeiture order? By forcefully sealing these properties, more than 200 people had lost their jobs.
“On the day they sealed the Schools, Students were inside. And one could imagine the trauma or mental torture those students must have gone through, seeing their Schools sealed and seeing armed people in uniform and thugs rampaging.”
The senator regretted that the government had taken the right action, when the damages must have been done.