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PDP berates Obiano for abandoning Obi’s projects

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State yesterday accused Governor Willie Obiano of abandoning projects initiated by his predecessor, Chief Peter Obi in the state.

The party, which took a swipe at the governor’s handling of the funds of the 21 local governments in the state, challenged him to account for the local government allocations received in the state since he took over power.

In an open letter to the governor signed by PDP chairman in the state, Prince Ken Emeakayi, the party also alleged that the construction of the state secretariat of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Awka, was being implemented with the funds of the state.

The open letter, which was read by the chairman to newsmen during the state executive meeting of the party in Awka,  stated that local government system in the state was non-functional.

The party alleged that  Obiano was planning to appoint caretaker committees in the local government areas of the state after the expiration of the tenures of the current chairmen and councillors warning that the move was a violation of the constitution.

The letter read in part: “It is an open secret that Your Excellency has continued to administer Ihiala and Nnewi North local government area councils illegally without any legitimate council executives contrary to court decisions.

“We humbly and respectfully demand to know the total contract sum of the overhead bridge and flyover projects embarked upon by the Governor Willie Obiano administration at Awka.

“May it please our dear Governor, Akpokuedike, to make public the source of funding of the APGA Secretariat building which is ongoing at Awka and situated on a vast strategic state government land.”

“Your Excellency is also requested to direct ANSIEC to announce the date for the next local government council elections in Anambra State, which ought to take place on a record time well before the January 2016 handover date of the present councilors and chairmen, so as to enable political parties -to commence preparations for the campaigns and election in earnest.

“It is our sincere hope and belief that Your Excellency will find time to address the issues highlighted in this memo so as to reassure the good people of Anambra State that we have a government which ought to be accountable to the people.”

Meanwhile, PDP yesterday appointed Chief John Okigbo from Ojoto in Idemili South Local Government as the new secretary, following Chief Joe-Martins Uzodike’s decline.

Speaking on Uzodike’s resignation, Emeakayi said there was a mistake “ab-nitio” in the election of the former.

He claimed the former secretary did not meet the requirements of the party’s constitution for such election,

He said Uzodike only joined PDP some months ago and did not apply for  a waiver before the congress of the party.

The party ratified the suspension of some chieftains, including its governorship candidate in the 2013 election, Comrade Tony Nwoye, and Prince Osy Ezenwa, among others.

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