BIG TROUBLE! Gov. Okorocha Lands In Multi-Billion Allegation As End Of His Tenure Draws Nearer, PDP Demands INEC To Declare Another Imo Election

The main opposition party in Imo State has opened up on alleged illegal transaction involving huge amount of money embarked upon by the government of the state which is controlled by the ruling party.
According to The Sun, the Imo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Charles Babatunde Ezekwem, has raised alarm over an alleged N17 billion financial transactions between the Imo State government and two banks within the week. He also alleged that the governor’s appointees and cohorts have stolen over 150 vehicles belonging to the government.
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Ezekwem who made the allegation yesterday at a press conference, accused the outgoing Governor, Rochas Okorocha, of diverting a huge sum amounting to over N17 billion from the banks, which he allegedly transferred into his own personal bank accounts. According to him, “we have it on good authority that the outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha has within the week after he failed to achieve a third term through his son-in-law, unlawfully and illegally transferred monies belonging to the state into his private / Rochas Foundation account. The money, which is about N17 billion were transferred from the two banks. Over 150 vehicles belonging to the government have also been stolen by his associates and political appointees.”
The PDP chairman also alleged that the outgoing governor is issuing and backdating Certificate of Occupancy to members of his family and in- laws “We are using the opportunity to call on Rochas to get ready and prepare to hand over to the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha. At the local council areas, members of APC and AA are allegedly changing registration numbers of government vehicles numbering over 150 vehicles. Looting and stealing of Imo treasury accounts will not save them”.
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In another development, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to direct the immediate announcement of the already collated results of the February 23, 2019 Imo North Senatorial election, as well as March 9 rerun poll, in which the PDP candidate, Hon. Ndubueze Patrick, is in clear lead.
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The party cautions that the continuous delay in announcing the final result, after returns have been established at the polling units, wards and Local Governments levels is already heightening tension in the state.

This is more so as the results have been moved to INEC headquarters in Abuja following the harassment of INEC officials in Imo state by agents of the losing All Progressives Congress (APC) and Action Alliance (AA).
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From the collated results in the February 23 elections, the PDP won in all the Local Governments in Imo North before polls in two local governments; Isiala Mbano and Ehime Mbano were cancelled and scheduled for rerun.

Already, from the results declared, the PDP led in Okigwe, Onuimo, Obowo and Ihite/Uboma Local Government Areas with 21, 254, ahead of APC and AA, which scored 12,756 and 12,236 respectively.

At the March 9 rerun elections, when the AA and the APC realized that the PDP was winning, they resorted to mutilation and alteration of results, particularly with the collaboration of collation officers in Ehime Mbano, before the intervention of the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), who called for proper scrutiny of documents following protests by the people.
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The PDP believes that the INEC had completed its investigation on the documents and results of the rerun election, which established our victory in that election.

The party therefore urges Prof. Yakubu to douse the tension in Imo state by directing the declaration of the final results and return our candidate, Ndubueze Patrick, who has been legitimately elected by the people of Imo North to represent them at the Senate.


Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary


Director, Media & Publicity

PDP Presidential Campaign Organization

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