We blogged on an article written by Okodili Ndidi which was published in THE NATION (Sept 7th, 2011). In that article, Secretary to the State Government was quoted to have said that two former Governors, Chief Achike Udenwa and Chief Ikedi Ohakim were going to being dragged to court by the Imo State Government.
Two former governors of Imo State – Chief Achike Udenwa (1999 – 2007) and immediate past Governor Ikedi Ohakim are to be taken to court for allegedly diverting public funds.
Secretary to the State Government Prof. Anthony Anwukah, said the state could no longer ignore the alleged fraud perpetrated during their time in office.
Udenwa was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ohakim was elected as a member of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) but he defected to the PDP.
Governor Rochas Okorocha is a members of PPA
Prof. Anwukah told reporters yesterday that their investigation revealed that funds meant for the execution of projects by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), running into billions of naira, were pocketed without executing any project in the state.
“Projects meant to be done were not done and the funds were pocketed without anybody asking questions,” he said.
The SSG added: “Udenwa misappropriated about N450million road project in Oguta Council Area without any sign of work done, except for two trenches dug by the road side”.
He assured the indigenes of the state, whom he said had been calling for the prosecution of the past administrators to exercise patience, adding that the Rochas Okorocha-led administration had perfected plans to ensure that the corrupt public officials who mismanaged the resources will not escape.
“We have perfected plans that will be difficult to beat and when they are brought before anti-graft agencies, they will not go scot free”.
Here on the blog, we carried the matter on our head. As you read this, some of us are still fighting on that post debating the topic. The last report we ran prior to this publication showed that 262 people had lifted the story from our website. Little did we know that the write-up from Okodili was pure bunkum!!
Our blog post caught the attention of veteran journalist, Chidi Nkwopara of Vanguard who is also the Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel in Imo State. He stepped forward to set the record straight. Not only was the article by Okodili Ndidi a garnished story, he was not even at the event.
Here’s what Chief Nkwopara had to say: