Swearing-in and Handover ceremony of the Governor-Elect of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha on May 29, 2019.

Sequel to discussions with the government of Imo state on the need for a smooth and successful swearing-in and handover ceremonies in the state on May 29, 2019, the Governor-Elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha raised a 31-man committee to interface with the 21-man team set up by the state government to work out details of the program for the exercise.

The two committees met formally on three different occasions. There were also other meetings by the leadership of the two committees. In one of the formal meetings, a decision was taken to set up a sub-committee of 10 members comprising five members from the two sides to fast-track the process. The sub-committee, conscious of the limited time available, immediately went into action working day and night. After a painstaking exercise, they reached agreement on a program of activities that will lead to successful and hitch-free swearing-in and handover ceremonies.

In the course of one of these meetings, committee members paid a courtesy call on His Excellency, Governor Rochas Okorocha who promised to do all within his powers to ensure a successful and eventful swearing-in and handover ceremonies in the state come May, 29, 2019.

With barely a few days to the commencement of some of the activities presaging the actual swearing-in and handover ceremonies, we regret to say that the body language of the state government no longer imbues confidence that it is genuinely committed to the overall success of that exercise. It is increasingly getting clearer that unless we proceed on terms dictated by them, the state government will be reluctant to discharge its constitutional responsibilities regarding the swearing-in and handover ceremonies. We find this tardiness although characteristic on their part, very discomforting

We urge Governor Okorocha to show good faith for once by redeeming his pledge to the good people of Imo state to ensure a successful and hitch-free swearing-in and Handover to the Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha without further delay

We are constrained to bring this unpleasant development to the public domain in the hope that the state government will do the needful.

On our part, we wish to reassure the good people of Imo state and beyond who have been yearning for the successful swearing-in and handover to the Governor-Elect Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha that we have put in place all arrangements within human powers to ensure that the exercise is a resounding success. That is our promise!


Emeka Omeihe
Secretary, Media and Publicity Sub-committee

14th May 2019

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