• ‘Governor distracting Imolites to celebrate 100 days’
Imo people and keen political watchers are gradually settling down and coming to terms with the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s judicial pronouncement ousting Chief Emeka Ihedioha from power on January 14, and subsequent reaffirmation of the judgment in which it declared Senator Hope Uzodinma duly elected. But another can of worm capable of further souring relationship between the two men recently came up, with the Uzodinma administration accusing his predecessor of siphoning N19.63 billion from the accounts of the 27 local government areas of the state.
The discovery and uncovering of the alleged missing funds was contained in the audit report by the Auditor General of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, which covered the period under review, May 29 – December 31, 2019, the seven months Ihedioha held office. According to the report, the payments for contracts of purchase of earth moving equipment and others allegedly not executed were made by the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs (BLGCA), then from the State and Local Government Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC).
The Guardian gathered that there were simultaneous construction of stadia and secretariat complexes in all the 27 LGAs’ headquarters under Ihedioha. Also, the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives was alleged to have placed an order and paid N187 million for a sophisticated vehicle for his official use, disclosing that the vehicle (a limousine) with room and parlor inside, arrived when he had been removed, prompting port officials to invite Uzodinma to take delivery of the vehicle when the ship conveying it berthed in Lagos.