Almost 72 hours after they took over as the governors of their states, especially the newly elected ones, most of them are yet to access their offices or occupy their residential quarters.
Investigations revealed that many of the newly elected governors have engaged the services of either clergymen or Imams to help them cleanse the Government Houses, where they and their families would live in the next four years.
Our investigations discovered that some of them, immediately after their inauguration, also went straight to either their church or mosque for special prayers or thanksgiving for the success at the polls and wisdom to enable them succeed in their new assignments.
Also, while some of them hit the ground running, others are in the dark, as their predecessors left without leaving detailed hand over notes.
For instance, the immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, failed to effect a formal handover to the new governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, as the ex-governor allegedly did not hand over a single document to his successor.
Chairman of the Inauguration Planning and Handover Committee, Chris Okewulonu who made this known also said, no official handover was affected.
He said: “We are literally in the dark so to speak. Of course, the out-gone governor gave us no cooperation whatsoever throughout the build up to the inauguration. Unlike what we have had in the past during previous transitions, here in Imo State and as was performed in other states, not one document has been handed over to the new administration.
“Yet he (Okorocha) made fantabulous claims about the amount in the treasury but as at today (May 29), there is no single paper or document to back up those claims.”
Meanwhile, Ihedioha as at Thursday was yet to enter the governor’s office. He had moved straight to his Civic Centre home amid cheers from jubilant residents of the state, immediately after his inauguration as the 6th executive governor of the state.
Our correspondent also learnt that the portrait of the out-gone governor had already been removed, even before the new governor took over.
Though many believe Okorocha may have left town, remnants of his supporters had on Tuesday in what appeared to be a ‘pulling out parade’, escorted the former governor back to his Spibat home in Owerri.
Many of his key officials were conspicuously missing at the event as it was said that they were mostly lying low for fear of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Staffers of the Government House, who confided in our correspondent, were certain that Governor Emeka Ihedioha would not step into the Governor’s office without a clergy coming to sanitize the office.
“This has been the traditional practice here over the years and it is obvious it would not be different now. A cleric would have to cleanse the office before our brand new governor will step into the office. And I totally support that,” he said.