Gistlovers gathered that Okorocha’s postponement of the budget presentation, which was slated for Tuesday, was due to the alleged boycott by the Lawmakers, who stayed away from the House of Assembly complex for unconfirmed reasons.
Report has it that majority of the State Lawmakers had abandoned the Chambers, a few hours to the budget presentation.
However, in a desperate move to save face, Okorocha in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, which was made available, said that the budget postponement was due to ‘Speech error’.
The statement reads: “With utmost regret, we wish to inform the public that the planned presentation of the 2018 budget to the Imo State House of Assembly by the Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, fixed for Tuesday, November 28, 2017, could no longer hold, owing largely to disturbing discrepancies discovered in the budget speech.
“A new date for the budget presentation will as usual, be made public. We regret this development. And we appeal to all those concerned with the exercise to bear with us. Once again, we regret the development.”