Imo State government yesterday declared that former governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, desperately wants to return to office to cover his alleged misdeeds as well as to continue with his looting spree to raise money to complete his personal estates running into billions of naira.
It noted that the recent petition to the State House of Assembly by a whistle blower accusing Ihedioha of misappropriating state funds totaling ₦78billion, has confirmed its stance that the former governor’s desperation to cling to power was motivated by selfish reasons and not for the interest of the people.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon Declan Emelumba, said it was only a man driven by selfishness and avarice that would seek further judicial interpretation of a matter already decided by the Supreme Court in favour of Gov Hope Uzodimma, simultaneously at both a high court and Supreme Court.
Emelumba observed that since the Supreme Court removed Ihedioha as governor early this year, the former PDP candidate had been engaging in vile propaganda, subterranean and subversive activities to see if he can return to power.
According to him, “apart from abusing court processes by filing multiple suits on matters already resolved by the Supreme Court, Ihedioha had been sponsoring protests against the government of Hope Uzodinma in the vain hope of portraying it as unpopular.”
The Commissioner also accused Ihedioha of using his aide to drop the name of Catholic priest and prophet, Fr Ejike Mbaka, claiming that he prophesied the sacking of a South East Governor this year, which, Mbaka has unequivocally denied.
He regretted that unlike Celestine Omehia of Rivers State, Prof Osunbor of Edo and Chris Ngige of Anambra, who were removed by the supreme court and accepted their fate, Ihedioha has been obdurate and recalcitrant as if the office of Governor of lmo State is his birthright.
The commissioner said the mind blowing revelations by the whistle blower, which was published in National Newspapers, concerning the alleged misappropriation of 78b by Ihedioha has now properly situated the man’s desperation to return to power.
It is now clear to Imo people why Ihedioha wants to cling to power. He wants to escape justice as questions are being asked about the whopping sums of money he cannot account for. Above all, he wants to raise funds to continue with his billion naira projects which have been stalled since his removal as governor”, Emelumba alleged.
He said it was hypocritical and heartless of Ihedioha to have claimed the rains hindered him from executing road projects when he took over, yet the rain did not stop him from building palatial mansions and estates for himself.
He noted that unlike Ihedioha who used the rain as an excuse to escape responsibility,
Uzodimma has been executing roads and other projects, the raining season not withstanding.
Emelumba said the clear difference between the two administrations is that whereas the former came to loot and impoverish Imo State, the present is driven by service and altruism.”
He described as unfortunate the various acts of sabotage and subterfuge engineered by Ihedioha and his cohorts against Uzodimma and warned them to desist forthwith as the governorship of the state has been settled.
According to the commissioner, “Ihedioha as a young man with a political future ought to have moved on after the Supreme Court judgement instead of squandering whatever good will he has left on unnecessary and repetitive litigations.
“If truly he is working for the interest of lmo people why this level of desperation and why is he afraid of a probe? These are the questions men of goodwill should ask Ihedioha”, Emelumba submitted.
The commissioner disclosed that the executive arm of government was waiting for the outcome of the various panels investigating the former administration before moving in to recover Imo people’s money from the looters.
Source: Nigerian Horn