– Governor Rochas Okorocha says he has to clear the air concerning what he calls a rumour
– Okorocha denies that the Supreme Court restrained Imo state from conducting local government elections
– He challenges those those who have the court papers to release such
Governor Rochas Okorocha has said there is no Supreme Court order restraining Imo state government from conducting the planed Local Government election and insisted that the election must be conducted as scheduled.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Okorocha disclosed this in a press statement signed by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, on Monday, April 24.
He said the clarification has become necessary following a false rumor being carried by former local government council chairmen that a Supreme Court order has been obtained to restrain government from conducting the proposed election.
It will be recalled that Okorocha had announced plan to conduct local government election after seven years in power.
But a rumour recently emerged that Supreme Court has restrained the government from conducting the planed election.
Okorocha, in the statement, challenged those carrying the rumour to publish the court order for the public to judge.
According to the release, former local government council chairmen who took Imo government to court have lost both in the high and appeal court.
It further stated that the matter, which was before the Supreme Court, was adjourned to December, 2018, adding that it has nothing to do with the planed local government election scheduled by Imo State Electoral Commission (ISEC).
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Governor Rochas Okorocha said that he will succeed President Muhammadu Buhari when the position of the presidency is zoned to the southeast.
Okorocha spoke on Monday, April 16, when he hosted some political stakeholders at the state government house in Owerri.
The Imo state governor expressed optimism that like 2015, President Buhari will win the election in 2019.