Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has come out to deny media reports that he recently beat his wife, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha to a pulp for speaking up over his inability to pay civil servants’ salaries, describing those who fabricated the story as “heartless elements who have invaded the social media for the sake of inflicting cuts on their victims including those they even know, God has blessed.”
Speaking via a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Governor Okorocha said that his wife has been in the US for the past three months to take care of their daughter who recently gave birth to a baby boy.
Onwuemeodo said:“She had gone for what the Igbos call ‘Omugwo’. She has been there alone without the husband. The husband (governor) has been in Imo since that period. So, where did the governor and the wife meet to begin to argue over the salary of Civil Servants to the extent of the governor beating her? The referenced incident must have only taken place in the imaginations of the authors.
“Again, Governor Okorocha has also paid teachers up to the month of September too. We also stand to be proved wrong on this innocent claim.
“The Imo governor has equally paid up to the month of September, the Salaries of workers in some government’s parastatals and agencies except some of those the government has concessioned their Managements, including some of the Health outfits in the State and in the overall interest of Imo people”, Okorocha’s spokesperson added.
“The labour leaders could not give final answer till the end of the meeting. Another meeting was about to be fixed when the concerned workers were reported in the media to have rejected all the options and insisted on remaining put in the parastatals. No government can allow such affront.
“The government had during the meeting with the labour leaders given two options to the workers in the affected Parastatals that had their Managements Concessioned for efficiency and productivity. That, either they would be paid their remaining salaries and transferred out to other government’s establishments in the State or be paid off with all their entitlements.
“You can see the unclad lies. And at times one is forced to begin to wonder why some people trade on falsehood, and what could be their stake. This is unfortunate.
“We want to state with every sense of sincerity that the report was totally false and should be seen and treated as such. While, we ask God to meet all these people taking delight in propagating or marketing falsehood against innocent people, like he met the biblical Saul and indeed, change them to Paul of our generation.”