Former Imo State Governor and currently Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Senator Rochas Okorocha, said he became poorer after spending eight years as Governor of Imo state, saying that he did not acquire any property with government funds as Governor.
Okorocha while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, said that people seem to have forgotten so easily that he was a successful person before becoming Imo Governor in 2011.
He dared anyone to come forth with evidence that he is corrupt and mismanaged Imo State funds while in office.
“I challenge anybody to prove that I acquired any property with any government fund.
“I think people have forgotten that I was Rochas before becoming the Governor of Imo State; I think they have forgotten completely.
“If anything, becoming a Governor made me even poorer than what I was in the past. I don’t know whether I acquired any property here in Abuja, there is none.”
Okorocha wondered how he could have stolen the meagre monthly allocation the State receives from the Federal Government.
Speaking about his ordeal after he was called by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the ex-Governor said he was invited by the commission based on a report written by some people.
“The invitation was based on a statement made by other people, but I said to them that I have not come to honour your invitation because the matter was already in court and once a matter is in court, we cannot talk about it.”
“Imo State Government has taken me to court on the same subject matter, and we are at the Federal High Court in Abuja, so I told EFCC I cannot be called, so I was arrested, and I made my statement” he added.
Okorocha also said he doesn’t view EFCC as a witch-hunting agency because of his arrest, but that the agency acted on a petition written against him.