By Amby Uneze
The Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has accused some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state of masterminding the recent arrests and detention of two officials of the state government by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N46 billion unsecured loan by the state government.
In a statement signed by the state Chairman of APGA, Mr. Marshal Okafor-Anyanwu, a copy of which was made available to THISDAY, stated that the action was a ploy by the PDP to ensure that the state Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, was impeached by the state House of Assembly before 2015.
The two officials, who were arrested and detained by the EFCC are the Commissioner for Finance Mr. Chike Okafor and the Accountant General, Mr. George Eche. He said the two officials had regained their freedom.
Okafor-Anyanwu maintained that the allegation which led to the incident were false and unfounded as well as an orchestrated to “discredit His Excellency, Rochas Okorocha, and APGA-led state government.”
The statement alleged that APGA had observed with dismay that Senator Hope Uzodinma, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya and Eze Duruihuoma, were allegedly behind the evil plot against the governor and the state government.
“We have rather expected they would appreciate the achievements of the present government which include free education at all level, construction of 27 new General Hospitals, construction of 305 model schools, construction of over 1,000 kilometres of urban and rural roads, transformation of Orlu and Okigwe cities, construction of Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies ( ICAPS) and Young Scientist School, construction of Imo Concorde Apartments, construction of Heroes Square,revival of Imo Palm Plantation, construction of Ikemba Ojukwu Centre and many other people-oriented projects that spread all over the state,” the statement noted.
He, however, urged the governor to remain focused and committed as APGA was in support of the ongoing transformation of the state.