The former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has accused his successor, Hope Uzodinma, of trying to score a cheap political goal with bloated claims on Eastern Palm University and advertising the photographs he took at the office of the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja.
The ex-governor made the accusation in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, in Owerri, the state capital, on Friday.
Okorocha said the truth is that the university cannot exist within another university, with each having recognition and operational licence from the same source.
The statement read in part, “Governor Uzodinma, for almost two years, has been talking and dealing with Okorocha’s achievements and also celebrating Okorocha, without his knowing it.
“For the sake of emphasis, the lmo State Governor, for reasons best known to him, has made the Eastern Palm University part of his anti-Okorocha politics and had claimed to have changed the Eastern Palm University to Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University.
“This is absurd. Indeed, amusing, because you do not build something on anything.
“Cases with the Eastern Palm University as the subject matter, have been going on in various courts of the land, and these are courts of competent jurisdiction because of government’s actions and inactions on the University.”
He said Uzodinma has chosen to play lingering and worrisome politics with the university and the reason he would not wait for the courts to determine cases concerning the institution.
Okorocha further said patriotic lmo citizens and Nigerians of goodwill would ask and expect an answer as to whether Uzodinma built another university at Ogboko, for which he had gone to the NUC office to secure recognition and operational licence.
“Honestly, this does not give a good impression about the government. The whole development leaves much to be desired,” he said.