The Imo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned outgoing Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha against any last-minute and illegal appointments, noting that same would be reversed by the incoming administration of Emeka Ihedioha.
The party also warned against purported establishment and upgrade of some state institutions, saying that such did not follow due process.
PDP’s warning came following advertorials placed by the Imo State government last Tuesday in both national dailies and state tabloids inviting qualified persons to apply for the positions of the vice chancellor, registrar and rector for the Imo State University of Agriculture, Umuagwo and the state Polytechnic respectively.
But in a Friday statement through its Publicity Secretary, Hon. Damian Opara, the party said, “ Attention of the Peoples Democratic Party, Imo State Chapter, has been drawn to the recent pronouncements by the outgoing governor of Imo State, His Excellency Rochas Okorocha concerning the purported establishments and upgrading of certain institutions in Imo State, namely: College of Education, Ihitte-Uboma, Imo State Polytechnic, Ehime Mbano, Imo State University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Ngor Okpala/Aboh Mbaise, Imo State University, Faculty of Engineering Onuimo, Imo State Polytechnic, Orlu Campus (TESAC), Imo State College of Education Ohaji/Egbema and the purported appointments of heads of these non-existing institutions at the twilight of his administration and wish to ask Imo people to disregard such pronouncements that have no basis in law and have been done without due processes.”
According to the statement, “PDP further notes that just less than two months to the end of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration, he has employed more workers than he had ever done during the eight years he wasted as the governor of Imo State”.
Imo PDP said it was aware that the appointment letters of some newly-engaged workers have been backdated.
“Worst still, he employs and back- dates letters of employments given to individuals who hitherto have no service to render to the state Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals.
“For instance, in one Agency alone, the MD purportedly employed 300 persons in the guise of doing surveillance duties and backdated their employment letters.
“The Peoples Democratic Party, Imo State chapter views the above actions of Governor Okorocha as immoral, criminal, unwarranted, unlawful and laded with evil intentions.”
The party assured that Okorocha’s actions would be reversed by Ihedioha.