By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, have again raised the alarm that government vehicles and equipment are either being moved to undisclosed places or ordered to be auctioned.
While the state PDP, through it’s Secretary, Nze Ray Emeana, distributed documentary evidence to journalists in Owerri yesterday, the deputy governor released a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Uche Onwuchekwa, which contained the memo earlier issued by the Imo State government announcing the auctioning of vehicles.
According to the document, SGI/S.00500/T.2/212, no fewer than 71 vehicles, including Toyota Hilux, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prado and Toyota Hiace are being auctioned by the Imo State Government.
Part of the memo reads: “Sales of unserviceable vehicles”, signed by Mrs. Ukaigwe Julia, for the Secretary to the Government of Imo State, read: “I am directed to refer to Government House letter No SGI/S.0011/T.4/X dated 23 November, 2018, on the above subject and inform you that His Excellency, Owelle (Dr.) Rochas Okorocha, has appointment (sic) His Royal Highness, Eze (Dr.) M. U. Osakwe, Nnachi of Amannachi, all as the Auctioneer for the 71 unserviceable vehicles shown on the attached list.
“I am further directed to request that you accord him unfettered access to the items as listed. Your necessary cooperation is humbly solicited in this regard, while assuring you the best wishes of the Secretary to the Government of Imo State, please.”
Another document dated February 16, 2019, originating from Ochiedike Medical and Dialysis Centre, sought approval for valuation of abandoned vehicles. The memo addressed to the Commissioner for Works reads: “Sequel to the directives and recovery of certain number of abandoned scrap vehicles in our premises, they are merely body carcass without engines, thus, nuisance and eye sore. We hereby, do invite your office to come, inspect and conduct valuation for necessary action. Your response to this urgent matter is appreciated.”
The PDP State Secretary, however, maintained that “although these mails were backdated to suit their illegal design to emasculate the new administration, all actions took place last week”.
He warned people against buying any government property “because the Emeka Ihedioha administration will recover all of them”.
In a similar vein, the Deputy Governor has accused Governor Rochas Okorocha of surreptitiously moving the generator serving his office to an undisclosed place, without his knowledge. Onwuchekwa described Okorocha’s action as “wicked and intentionally hatched with a motive of rendering the Office of the Deputy Governor ineffective and to administratively stagnate it to the extent of making it incapable of attending to its constitutional roles.”