George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
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.
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”.