…Imo PDP Accuses Him Of N16B out Of Missing N19.63B
…I’m Ready To Account For N3.7B- Says Ihedioha
The on-going probe of the immediate former Governor of Imo State Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha by Imo State House of Assembly may take another dimension of the accusation of the Imo State chapter of the PDP against Senator Rochas Okorocha turns out true.
While former governor Okorocha is yet to Unravel his financial cases before the EFCC over the petition of embezzlement, as well as the ones in court which started with probe panel set up by Ihedioha, the immediate former Governor Ihedioha through Imo State chapter of the PDP is accusing him of N16Billion out of the N19.63Billion allegedly mismanaged in Ihedioha’s Administration.
In a release signed by the state secretary of the Imo State PDP Ray Emeana and made available to The Lead, the audit report which indicted the Ihedioha’s administration of mismanaging the sum of N19.63Billion covered January 1st to December 31st, 2019 while Ihedioha according to the release, became Governor on the 29th of May 2019 to December 31, 2019.
The Imo State PDP, therefore, argues that four months down the line which the annual audit report included which runs into N16B should be accounted for by Okorocha’s government.
As contained in the said release, Ihedioha can only account for the period of seven months he served as the Governor which the fund was N7.3Billion swung into the investigation to unravel the mystery behind the missing fund.
The party further expressed the readiness of Ihedioha to give an account of N7.3Billion to Imo State Government anytime he is invited to do so.
It would be recalled that Imo State House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts chaired by the member representing Oru West in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Chigozie Nwaneri has in line with the annual audit report of the Local Governments which indicted the immediate past Governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of mismanaging N19.63 Billion.
The House Committee in the process of ascertaining in actuality how the said sum was spent, invited the local government Directors of administration (DAGs) treasurers amongst others to provide them with the details on how the money was spent.
In the course of the investigation, the former governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha who anticipated bias by the probing committee resorted to court, praying amongst others for the court to stop the probe as well as his invitation to the House of Assembly.
The court under Justice S.I Opara on Monday, May 11 declined exparte application by Ihedioha seeking the end of his probe by the committee and fixed 27th May for hearing.