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Ikpeazu challenged to declare Abia State finances

26 June 2015, 11:18Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Save Abia Now (SAN), the political pressure group, has called on Governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, to disclose the financial position of the state amid fears he would use state coffers to pay back financiers of his election campaign.

SAN Director for Media and Publicity, Kelechi Nkworie, alleged Ikpeazu received money from different individuals to prosecute his governorship aspirations.

“But the issue causing riff now is how to pay back within the short period of 180 days,” said Nkworie.

“Based on information received, all the people that contributed financially want their money back within 180 days because they are not sure if Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu will last in office as Governor beyond 180 days considering the weight of evidence Dr Alex Otti and his team has.”

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Otti, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Governorship Candidate in the April governorship election, is challenging Ikpeazu’s victory.

“Considering the economic issues and dwindling oil revenue Nigeria has found its self now, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu may turn out to be the worst thing to happen to Abia state in the next six months, because if he concentrates on paying election debts with the little federal allocation, then civil servant may not see their salary and off course no project will hold within this period (180 days,” said Nkworie.

Nkworie said in line with President Mohammed Buhari’s commitment to fight corruption and recover stolen funds, San called on Ikpeazu to address people in the state on its financial status.

“Abians will no longer condone financial reckless with impunity and awards of dubious contract without due process and budgetary provision which was the practice of the past T.A.Orji Government,” he added.

- CAJ News


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