Sunday, January 23

Ihedioha desperate to return as governor to avoid probe – Imo commissioner

The Imo state government has accused the former sacked governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, of being desperate to return. According to The Nation, the state’s commissioner for information and strategy, Declan Emelumba, claimed Ihedioha was desperate to return to the office to avoid being probed for his administration’s alleged misdeeds.

A whistleblower had alleged in a petition to the state’s House of Assembly that over N78.4 billion spent in seven months by the Ihedioha administration could not be accounted for.

Also, the state’s auditor-general for local government and chieftaincy affairs had issued an interim audit report detailing how N19.63b fraudulently disappeared from the local government accounts between May and December 31, 2019, under Ihedioha. However, none of the allegations against Ihedioha has been proven and he is not on trial for corruption yet. The former governor has also consistently denied any wrongdoing. Emelumba also hinted that Ihedioha was behind a suit seek further judicial interpretation of Supreme Court verdict which was in favour of Governor Hope Uzodimma.

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Earlier, The Daily Vendor reported that fresh legal moves to sack Senator Uzodinma as governor of Imo state had commenced before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court. The fresh suit was filed by the Reform and Advancement Party (RAP) and its 2019 governorship candidate in the state, Okere Kingdom

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