Ihedioha Not Against Being Probed And Not In Court To Stop Probe!
By Ambrose Nwaogwugwu
Contrary to the celebrated fake news headlines obviously planted by the Uzodimma APC led Regime in furtherance of their media trials to tarnish the good image of His Excellency Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, and discredit the administration of the short-lived eventful PDP government, Gov. Ihedioha did not approach the law court to stop being probed, rather, he is praying to the court that the due process consistent with our extant laws and democratic credentials be followed.
Ihedioha has always, at all times, in the public and private made it known that; he and other members of his cabinets, are always available to be probed for their short stay in Imo government House. This is a man who spent 12 years (uninterruptedly) at the House of representatives (of which he spent 4 yesrs as a deputy speaker) and there is no single case of embezzlement tied to his name anywhere in the world, so why should he be frightened with only a short stay of seven months as a governor?
Like we have severally revealed to the general public – the Uzodimma APC led Regime are only chasing shadows and not out to recover any phantom ₦19.63B because they do not exist anywhere in the Ihedioha led PDP government of May 29, 2019 to January 14, 2020 but only embarking on the media trials to be a cover up for their failing status as a government and to shift the attention of Imo people from their acute non performance, grand incompetence, divert attentions from their inability pay Imo workers and pensioners for 3 months and in extension – drag the good name of His Excellency Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha to the mud.
Ihedioha approached the court to seek for remedy having lost faith in the unlawful processes of the House of Assembly and the composition of the purporting Public Account Committee set up to investigate an audit report that never existed.
It is very instructive to note that the Uzodimma APC led Regime had on the 16th day of April, 2020 through the regime’s commissioner for Misinformation – Declan Emelumba informed news men that Sen. Hope Uzodimma has approved the Auditor General to recover the sum of ₦19.63B purported to have been misappropriated by the Ihedioha PDP led government.
In the said widely circulated news report, it said that the ₦19.63B was discovered to have been misappropriated by the Ihedioha PDP led administration “during a routine Audit of the Accounts and Records of JAAC with the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs by the Local Government Auditor General for the fiscal year ended 31/12/2019.”
By implication of the above; it meant that the said purportedly missing ₦19.63B was within one fiscal year ending at 31st December, 2020 — and we challenged it and protested in our replies that the Uzodimma APC led Regime are lumping us together with the Okorocha’s regime of January 1, 2019 to May 28, 2019.
As mischievous ignorants who counted their eggs without being hatched and because they were in a hurry to embarrass and rubbish the name of Ihedioha and the PDP – they forgot that they lumped us together with Okorocha’s regime and what did they do?
They backtracked, and and amended their claims as reports of interim audit reports from May 29, 2019 to December 31, 2019 which they hurriedly sent to the legislature to act on.
You can not change the goal post in the middle of the game. They should let Imo people know the contents of the audit reports of the fiscal year which ended on December 31, 2019 and separate Ihedioha’s time from that of Okorocha.
Having failed to pin Ihedioha down with their first celebrated fiscal year audit reports, they now resorted to interim audit to do their dirty job; but there is a disappointment — The house of assembly does not have any constitutional powers to act on an INTERIM report to investigate the local government accounts — therein lies their delinma and that was why Ihedioha went to court to stop the process because such an unconstitutional process can not produce any credible or objective report.
Specifically, the Uzodimma APC led Regime and their rubber stamp House of Assembly are in direct contraventions of SECTION 129 (1) of Imo State Local Goverment Administration (amendment) law 2015 which sates that “The public accounts of the local government and of all the offices of the local government (including the local government education authority, local government pensions board, local government training fund, local government administrative areas and the state primary education board) shall be audited 12 months by the Auditor General for local government of Imo State, WHO SHALL SUBMIT THE REPORTS TO THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY FOR APPROVAL.”
In this case, there was either an audit report of one fiscal year sent to the House of Assembly neither was there any approved audit report to be acted on.
Since the House of Assembly is acting on an INTERIM audit report, when did they comply with the laws governing the local government in Imo state?
When did the House of Assembly receive the audited reports from the auditor General for local government?
How can the House act on an INTERIM report when the local government law was very explicit enough in stating that audit reports must be conducted in one full calendar year (fiscal year)?
The reasons are very simple:
They were on a hatchet job to dent the hard earned reputation, integrity and image of His Excellency Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON and discredit the shortlived PDP administration and as they will always say, the court is the last hope of the common man and that is why he sought for refuge in the temple of justice.
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