Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Thursday said he had bought his private jets before his election as the state governor in 2011.
Okorocha was reacting to the report that he bought two private jets since he was elected into office.
Civil servants in the state had earlier called on the governor to sell his private jets and use the proceeds to pay their salary arrears.
In a statement signed by Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, the state government said the claims were untrue and baseless.
He said, “As a government, we want to deny with high sense of honesty that since May 29, 2011 when Owelle Rochas Okorocha became governor, he has never bought any private Jet either directly or by proxy. Having made this denial let those behind the allegation make their facts public to fault our denial.
“The period Governor Rochas Okorocha bought Jets was years before he was elected, during the Olusegun Obasanjo regime when some of the presidential jets were auctioned. The governor bought jets then under the aegis of Lamonde Aviation, alongside few other Nigerians. Since he became governor, he has never bought any private Jet.”