A former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, says he is not surprised that Governor Rochas Okorocha prescribed psychiatric examination for a man who demanded the clearing of 16 months salaries and allowances owed serving high court judges in the state.
Ohakim maintained that he has sound brain and that his demand that judges’ salaries be paid was in order.
His Chief Press Secretary, Collins Ughalaa, made the clarification in a statement yesterday.
Okorocha had told newsmen in Owerri last Tuesday that Ohakim should be taken to a psychiatric hospital for examination for planning massive protest to press home the demand for immediate payment of 16 months salaries and allowances owed serving judges in Imo State.
Ohakim replying through his media aide said: “Our attention has been drawn to yet another gaffe from Governor Rochas Okorocha during his panic interaction with journalists at the Government House, Owerri, on Monday, February 5, 2018.
“A declaration that the respondents have no right to withhold or refuse to pay the sitting judges of Imo State High Court and judges of the Customary Court of Appeal that portion of their remuneration released to the respondents from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
“It is a breach of the oath of office of the 1st respondent as the governor of Imo State, who swore to preserve, protect and not to mutilate it.”
Ohakim accused Okorocha of deceit, having failed eight times to keep to his promise of conducting local council poll.