Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Governor Okorocha DeniesN50 Million Dud Cheque GivenTo Church

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha
has denied issuing a dud N50million
cheque to the Catholic Archbishop of
Owerri archdiocese, His Grace,
Archbishop Anthony Obinna, in 2012.
Okorocha's denial is in response to
statements from the popular Catholic
preacher Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka
that Okorocha had issued the dud
cheque and it shows lack of
appreciation given the massive electoral
support Catholics gave him in 2011.
Mbaka was speaking at a thanksgiving
ceremony at Christ the King Church
Parish, Enugu in honour of the
immediate past governor of Imo State,
Ikedi Ohakim. Okorocha defeated
Ohakim in 2011 governorship election.
In a press statement issued by
Okorocha's senior special assistant on
media, Sam Onwuemeodo, the
governor said that the allegation is an
embarrassment to him and the state.
He maintained that the allegation was
an embarrassment to him and the
people of the state.
The statement read: "Aside the
publications in the newspapers to that
effect, we have continued to be
inundated with calls from editors of
well-known newspapers and magazines
across the nation and online media
outfits demanding for the confirmation
of the allegation or otherwise of same.
"Let us simply aver and solemnly too,
that the claim is not only false, but
spurious and curious in many respects.
There is no iota of truth in the wild
allegation. You can call it an unholy
blackmail, taking into account the
person behind it."
The statement further challenge Mbaka
to go beyond his claim and provide the
proofs , noting that cheques are not
invisible objects.
"With this latest blackmail, Nigerians of
goodwill would now begin to appreciate
the orchestrated and politically
motivated lies being unleashed against
Governor Rochas Okorocha's
government by those vividly desperate
to take over power from him in 2015,"
the statement added.
The statement further wondered the
interest of the clergy on the matter since
Mbaka is not a priest under the Owerri
"Mbaka honestly has both religious and
moral duties at the moment. He should
do a follow up to his claim by providing
the proof since Archbishop Obinna
would not have told him what he said
and again being a very decent priest
who does not have the history of
speaking from both sides of his
[Obinna's] mouth.
Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

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