Imo State House of Assembly yesterday said there was no going back on the impeachment proceedings against the Deputy Governor Jude Agbaso, saying reports insinuating that his travails are not connected to failed and abandoned contracts, but political.
In a statement by Acho Ihim, chairman of House committee on Information, the House said: “A State and local government joint committee was established about six months ago to monitor the construction of roads in the
three zones of the state;
“That Agbaso as the then commissioner for Works and Transport worked with the committee and even inspected project sites together.
“The state and local government joint monitoring committee led by Hon Stan Dara submitted their report on the floor of the House in February 2013.
“That the report of the committee indicted the following construction companies (a) Timik Nig Ltd; (b) J-Pros International Ltd and (c) others;
“That due to the indictment of the afore-mentioned construction companies another special Adhoc committee led by Hon Simeon Iwunze was set up to find out why the construction companies failed or abandoned their projects
The statement said the special adhoc committee questioned the companies on why they allegedly abandoned the projects
“In the course of interaction and investigation, J-Pros (Mr. Joseph Dina its Managing Director confessed that they abandoned their site because the deputy governor demanded and collected the sum of N458 million from him.
“That the committee thereafter invited Jude Agbaso and from the interview, the House found enough evidence and collaboration.
“It is therefore mischievous, sacrilegious and cheap blackmail for anybody or indeed group of persons to try to divert attention from the real issues at stake.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the travail of Agbaso has nothing to do with 2015 rivalry, ethnic and zonal politics or indeed whipping up undue ethnic sentiments.
“The fact of the matter remains that the report of the special committee indicted the Deputy Governor.
“The Imo State House of Assembly will therefore not allow external forces to influence its constitutional duties.” Source: championonlinenews
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