Uzodinma Can’t Change Eastern Palm University’s Name – Okorocha

Senator Rochas Okorocha has spoken against the move by Governor Hope Uzodimma and Imo State House of Assembly to rename the Eastern Palm University.

Okorocha was succeeded by Uzodinma as Imo governor said the university was set up based on a public-private partnership.

He said the partnership is between the state and the Rochas Foundation.

He said this after Governor Uzodimma renamed the institution to K. O. Mbadiwe University.

Reacting to the announcement, Okorocha, in a statement by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, said:

“The law establishing the University prescribed the PPP arrangement.

“Since that was the setting, the Assembly, therefore, defaulted or had acted in contravention of the law by not getting the consent or agreement of the two parties involved, on the reported repeal.

“In other words, the repeal only existed in the imaginations of those behind it,” he said.

The Senator accused the state government and the lawmakers of disregarding a pending court case on the matter.

He said: “For both the Assembly and the government to be taking one-sided decisions on the fate of the university, without reference to the main party and the court matter, has only made their actions questionable and contemptuous.

“A university is not a street one can rename or change its name at a polling unit where he had gone to revalidate his membership of APC. So, the claimed renaming of the university does not add up in reality.

“The purported repeal of the law establishing the university without recourse to the position of one of the parties has also made the Assembly a willing party in the matter in court.

“Until the court decides on the matter before it, there is nothing anybody can do about that.”

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