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APC urges Anambra Speaker to resign

25 October 2016, 13:54

Awka - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State has asked the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Rita Maduagwu to immediately resign.

The party alleged that under her watch, the Assembly looked the other way when N1.2bn was withdrawn, monthly, as security vote by Governor Willie Obiano.

A statement released on Monday by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Okelo Madukaife, said that the call for the Speaker’s resignation would allow new Speaker to recover money illegally collected by the governor.

The statement read in parts:

“The confirmation by the Minority Leader of Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Onyebuchi Offor, that Governor Willie Obiano withdrew from state treasury, the sum of N1.2bn, monthly, as his security vote has remained without a response from the government for two working days.

" The revelation that the House was aware that Ebele Obiano, wife of the governor, was also illegally withdrawing N250m per month. is worrisom

We have always had reason to believe that a private citizen whose only structural connection to governance is that she is married to a high official in governance cannot donate houses claimed to have been built at the cost of N41m each, even when they suggest an action value of N4.5m.

Also read: PDP urges Obiano to resign over N75 bn controversy

We have always worried that the fast-paced construction and engagement in new mega-cash businesses at the instance of Mrs Obiano can only point its putrid fingers in a direction which fear has now been confirmed.

We call for a broad audit of all projects being executed by Obiano and hope that the new Speaker of the house after Maduagwuna’s resignation will organize a proper review downwards of these security votes.

Regarding Gov Obiano, we now see why no meaningful infrastructure worth the signature of Ndi Anambra has been erected in the state in nearly three years.

It is our knowledge that part of the jumbo security votes as accused is used to hire a senator from the South South to abandon his constituency, state and zone to rant about Anambra State, purchase numerous awards, fund endorsements , place some segments of the media on payroll and resolve artificial crisis in APGA , manufactured in Ondo State bifurcated caucus of  the PDP.

From this jumbo vote was derived the N1.7bn wasted in Edo State governorship election for 876 votes, with a second face having a budget of N470m for the Election Tribunal and appellate courts..

Anambra people are very disappointed that in this day and age in the state of the Nigerian economy, Gov Obiano who recently tried to cover up his illegal extortion of Anambra market women in ‘wheel barrow tax’, ‘hawkers tax’, and all other illegal taxes, by pretending to provide for ‘at least N3bn’ for industries has pocketed N36bn of Anambra State funds in the name of security votes.

- News 24


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