Saturday, 12 September 2015

Declaration of assets publicly isn't mandatory — Imo governor

The Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has said declaration of assets publicly is not mandotory. Thus, the governor has made it clear that he will also not declare his assets publicly alleging that those asking him to do so were the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, who were bent on frustrating his administration.

 According to a report by The Punch, Okorocha, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuamado, said, "This is an individual thing. Governor Okorocha believes he is a second-term governor, he is not a new governor that should be declaring assets. Meanwhile, there is no law that says governors should declare their assets.

“When former President Goodluck Jonathan was in power, who talked about declaration of assets? What President Buhari has done is a good thing, but it is not mandatory,” Onwumado dropped. The report further revealed that Okorocha has maintained that he will not rule the people of the state by public opinion as there were no calls for declaration of assets during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. He advised Nigerians not to use the APC’s “change” promise against the party in whatever way.

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