The Minority Leader of the Imo State House of Assembly, Anyadike Nwosu has refuted allegation of embezzling $50,000 (about N35million) said to have been donated to the minority caucus of the assembly by the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
Nwosu, who spoke via telephone on Friday said the member representing Owerri North Constituency, Philip Ejiogu who slammed the allegation on him did so to please his paymasters and embarrass the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Ejiogu had in a petition read at the floor of the House at plenary on Tuesday, last week by member representing Ideato South, Johnson Duru accused Nwosu of misappropriating the said money belonging to the minority caucus of the House.
Nwosu said; “I did not embezzle or misappropriate or eat $50,000. In fact, I have not seen or touched such amount of money since I became a member of the House”.
The member representing Ezinihitte Mbaise Constituency said he was raised with good family morals and having lived abroad for years before returning to Nigeria, he understands what trampling upon people’s rights means and therefore cannot engage in any such artifice.
He wondered why Ejiogu who is the Deputy Minority Whip and whose father, Sir Ambrose Ejiogu is the Chairman of the Elders Council of the PDP should be the one complaining and petitioning the House over a party matter.
Nwosu submitted that Ejiogu by his position should have known and channeled his grievances to the appropriate organ of the party instead of his current posturing in a bid to satisfy his paymasters and embarrass the PDP.
He wondered how Ejiogu should be talking about sharing money to those who are loyal to the former governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha when he was made Chairman, Education Committee during Ihedioha’s government.
Nwosu submitted that Ejiogu’s claim has given him and his family away as people who are not loyal to the party.