The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday explained that former governor Emeka Ihedioha of the state went to court to seek for redress for the account of N19.63bn local government fund he was accused of mismanaging.
The party said Ihedioha would only account for N3.7bn and not N19.63bn as covered by the interim audit report in the state.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, the state PDP Secretary, Nze Ray Emeana, argued that the remaining N16bn should be accounted for by the former Governor Rochas Okorocha of the state and not Ihedioha.
He said, “It should be noted that N19.63bn was expended between January 1, and May 28, 2019, during the administration of Rochas Okorocha. It was only the sum of approximately N3.7bn that was spent by the 27 LGAs between May 29, 2019 and December 31, 2019 during the administration of Ihedioha.”
Emeana further regretted that the matter was referred to the Public Account Committee of the state Assembly that had no single member of the PDP as a committee member.
He said, “The minority caucus of the PDP in the state House of Assembly petition the Speaker to reconstitute the Committee and not only include PDP members but to make a PDP member chairman as has been the convention and procedures in the Imo State House of Assembly.”