Posted by Ifeoma Okafor, Awka | 17 September 2017 | 1,636 times
The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) Southeast zone in its effort to promote accountability by public officers on Saturday raised 12 questions for former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, and the incumbent Chief Willie Obiano, on the management and application of funds, as well as execution of projects during their tenures.
Rising from a quarterly meeting of its Zonal Management Committee held in Awka, the CLO said it was demanding urgent answers from the duo on 12 issues concerning their administrations.
Speaking on the November 18 governorship election in the state, the organisation sued for a peaceful, free, fair and credible election, while calling on candidates to embrace issues based campaigns rather than name calling.
It further called on both Obi and Obiano to provide answers to 12 questions bordering on their use of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Account, the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) Account, the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) Account, the N75 billion handed over by Obi to Obiano, the security votes issue, and the million dollars vegetable export controversy.
Other areas are the Foreign Direct Investments; the Federal Government's contract refunds; the issue of Godfatherism, the N10 billion campaign fund, the fund released by the Federal Government for Oko-Nanka Erosion Control, and the Umueri Airport project.
The CLO said that clarifications were needed to the said questions because of suspected mismanagement and misapplication of funds which had caused unnecessary controversy.
It added that said the answering of those questions was also necessary in order to set the records straight ahead of the November poll.
The CLO also called the attention of the Federal Government to what it called the continued brazen marginalisation of the Southeast Zone in the allocation of human and material resources in Nigeria against the provisions of equity, fairness and Federal Character Principle.
It further condemned the recent demolition of the ancient Ekeukwu Market, Owerri by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State despite a subsisting court order and the deployment of security forces and militarisation of the Southeast, especially Anambra and Abia States by the Federal Government.
The meeting was attended by the chairmen and secretaries of the body from the five Southeast states, with the Zonal Chairman, Comrade Aloysius Attah,
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