By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—GOVERNOR David Umahi of Ebonyi State, weekend, declared that his administration would begin the probe of his predecessor’s eight years in office during which there was alleged misappropriation of public funds.
The governor, who stated this during an interactive session with newsmen in Abakaliki added that he will write to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the former governor’s alleged financial recklessness.
The duo parted ways during the 2015 general election when former Governor Martin Elechi refused to honour his alleged promise of handing over power to Engr. David Umahi as his successor. Since after the 2015 election, Elechi and Umahi have not reconciled .
His words: “I have decided to probe the Elechi eight years administration. I will probe his administration and I will publish the findings on the pages of newspapers. Enough of his show is enough. He has committed unpardonable financial fraud in the state, very unpardonable and he has the mouth to talk. I know there was a petition he wrote against me. I am going to write EFCC to come and probe every bit of that petition.
“Elechi did not pay pension and severance allowances. It is out of kindness that I paid Elechi his pension, he doesn’t deserves to receive pension because he didn’t pay others and then you were not paid for one month and you started crying everywhere.
“The same Elechi did not pay his good friend Ogbonnaya Onu. A law was made by former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Augustine Nwankwegu who is here with us. The law was made to pay him pension and I remember one day I was in Elechi’s office and the Speaker was there. They asked him about pension and the Speaker said it is in your hands. Elechi told him not to talk about pension again.”