The expected swearing in and handover of government to the newly elected Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, on May 29, 2019, may have a hitch or eventually stalled as the Joint Committees set up by the Governor-elect and out going Governor seems not to be ready for the ceremony, as demonstrated by the body language of Chief Rochas Okorocha.

A statement issued in Owerri yesterday and signed by the Secretary to the Media and Publicity Committee, Mr Emeka Omeihe, revealed that with few days to the commencement of some 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 the exercise”.

The committee has therefore urged the incumbent Governor, Owelle Rochas 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.

However, the Joint Committee assures the people of Imo state and beyond who have been yearning for a successful swearing in and handover that they have put in place all arrangements within human power to ensure a hitch free resounding exercise.

They stated that they were constrained to bring to public notice the unpleasant development hopeful that the government will do the needful.

It would be recalled that both the incoming Governor-elect and the serving Governor had earlier set up separate committees of 31 and 21, saddled with the task of a smooth swearing-in and handover ceremony and subsequently, the Joint Committee had met formally on three occasions and other meetings of the leadership of the separate committees.

The Joint Committee as part of its assignment had the overall need to pay a courtesy call on Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who promised “to do all within his powers to ensure a successful and eventful swearing-in and handover ceremonies in the state. The committee had earlier reached agreement on a programme of action to precede the actual ceremony.