PDP, Ebonyi Govt Tango Over 6.7 Billion Alleged Withdrawal

Ruth Oginyi

The government of Ebonyi State southeast Nigeria, Wednesday accused the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of blackmail against Governor David Umahi by alleging that the governor withdrew over N6.7bn from different bank accounts of the state to fund his case over his sack by Abuja Federal High Court.

The PDP through one of its Lawyers, Nkemakolam Okoro had petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleging that Umahi within one week has withdrawn the amount from different old and new generation banks and pleaded with EFCC to investigate Umahi.

Reacting the state government said there was no iota of truth in PDP’s claim, describing it as satanic blackmail.

The Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Uchenna Orji in a statement in Abakaliki urged the public to disregard it.

Orji said, “We state in strong terms that the entirety of the content of the trending petition addressed to EFCC is absolutely and irresponsibly false, malicious and nothing but a serial of the politically calculated attempt by People’s Democratic Party, PDP and desperados to damage the hard-earned reputation of the Governor and the integrity of the State Government and to attack the credibility of the outcome of the dispensations of all institutions involved in ensuring that justice is done in all the legal actions framed up by PDP to distract the ever performing administration of Governor Umahi, especially to cause him distractions in his intention to run for the Presidency come 2023

“We further categorically state that the petitioners acted libelously and unruly in their contentions on the status of judgment- effect in the matter of defection between PDP and the Governor of Ebonyi State as it is not in doubt that His Excellency is the subsisting Governor of Ebonyi State both in law and in fact.

“We rebuke the allegations of ‘looting of Ebonyi State Government’s money made by People’s Democratic Party, PDP against our transparent administration as satanic blackmail that has no iota of truth, desperately calculated to attract the attention of the gullible and sully the reputation of the Governor of the State and which we shall not hesitate in invoking legal actions to bring the petitioners to justice. Ebonyi State Government’s expenditure is in the public domain, and there is no doubt that Governor Umahi’s administration has been adjudged to be one of the most transparent, judicious prudent, and corrupt-free administrations in Nigeria.

“Further in this regard, Ebonyi State Government is requesting the State House of Assembly to waive its constitutional immunity and request Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to within 30 days, investigate all the issues in the allegations contained in the petition by PDP and any other allegation of financial impropriety raised by them and to please cause necessary sanctions against the petitioners for false and fake information if their allegations are not established.

“Members of the public are please enjoined to discountenance this trending petition as one of the series of lies from the forces who are intimidated by the rising and acceptable performance credentials of Governor Umahi”, he said.

Attached is the petition from PDP

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