Rochas Okorocha defends his ‘private jets’

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, says he acquired his private jets, during the administration of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

Okorocha denies using Imo state’s funds to purchase private jets, as erroneously elleged by the opposition party in the state..

The governor released a statement to this effect, through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, on Thursday, August 27.

“As a government, we want to deny with high sense of honesty that since May 29, 2011 when Owelle Rochas Okorocha became governor, he has never bought any private Jet either directly or by proxy. Having made this denial let those behind the allegation make their facts public to fault our denial.

“The period Governor Rochas Okorocha bought Jets was years before he was elected, during the Olusegun Obasanjo regime when some of the presidential jets were auctioned. The governor bought jets then under the aegis of Lamonde Aviation, alongside few other Nigerians.

“Since he became governor, he has never bought any private Jet. Again, the Debit Management Agency penultimate week published the states and their respective debt profiles.

And in the case of Imo State, they published N37 billion which was far from the hundreds of billions the opponents of the government have been claiming to be the debt status of the state. And the N37 billion debt include the ones owed by the previous administrations. The good story is that we have been vindicated on that.”

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