Ikpeazu Won’t Be Allowed to Evade Giving Account of His Stewardship
Govt Says Ex-parte Court Order Won't Save Former Governor
The Abia State government has said that the immediate past governor of the state would not escape giving account of his stewardship, no matter his antics.
The state commissioner for information and culture, Hon Okey Kanu made this known Wednesday while briefing journalists on the outcome of this week’s State Executive Council meeting.
Ikpeazu had gone to Abuja and obtained an ex-parte interim injunction restraining a judicial panel for recovery of looted funds and properties set up by his successor, Mr. Alex Otti.
But Kanu lampooned the former governor, saying that he was on a wild goose chase trying to escape accountability, adding, “It is laughable”.
“For him(Ikpeazu) to go to Abuja to shop for ex-parte court order would not save him. It is not right and doesn’t show right thinking,” he said.
The government spokesman argued that if the former Abia governor “feels that he is innocent, why go to Abuja to shop for court order” to prevent being held accountable for his deeds in government.
He insisted that Ikpeazu would not succeed with his antics because “our lawyers would do something about it and vacate the ex-parte order.
On the colossal salary arrears inherited by the Otti administration, Kanu said that government was exploring every option of raising funds to offset the arrears.
He stated that part of the options being considered to raise money for salary arrears include selling of bonds, adding that all options are on the table.
According to him, though the salary arrears piled up by the Ikpeazu administration “is very huge”, “government is determined to do the right thing” by clearing the mountainous heap of arrears.