– I cannot officially confirm gov’s where about – Prof Obiareri
There is pervasive anxiety, as speculations are rife that the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and his wife Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha have flown out of the country, as a result of a family member’s sudden ill health.
A government house source, who confided in this reporter, availed that a close family member suddenly became victim of a mysterious ailment and was flown to Abuja and from there to London, shortly before Christmas.
It was also gathered, that the unusual absence of the governor and his wife from virtually all state and other functions, where they should be present has given credence to the speculations.
One of the sources, who also spoke to this reporter, said they were away in Calabar as part of Imo state contingent to a carnival in Cross River state. On their return, they noticed that the residential quarters of the governor and his family was very quiet and devoid of any form of activity. According to him, “it is very unusual for the governor and his wife, to be absent from all the state sponsored Christmas and other events, for which elaborate preparations were made and enormous resources invested, unlike the previous years”.
When contacted, for explanation, on the governor’s whereabout, the commissioner for Information, Prof. Nnamdi Obiareri, said, he could not officially confirm to this reporter, if the governor travelled outside the country or not.
However, Imolites and other stakeholders are apprehensively watching and waiting to be duly informed about the whereabout of their governor, whose movement, as a public figure, should be made known to the people, on whose mandate, he is assumed to have been elected.