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Enugu elders urge Chime to retrace steps




A group of elders under the aegis of Enugu State Development Association (ESDA) has called on the state governor, Sullivan Chime, to retrace certain steps he took recently which are fuelling the impeachment plot against him by members of the State House of Assembly, for peace to reign in the state.

The association in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Chief Adonys Igwe, described some actions of the governor like the request to borrow N11 billion from a commercial bank less than 25 days to the end of his administration, unlawful allocation of plots of land at the Conference Centre, alleged move to sell the Water Corporation among others, as worrisome.

ESDA recalled that it had earlier given the governor three months within which to retrace some of his actions which also included the protection of rights and interests of the state or face court action.

The group said, “We urge the governor to act in a manner that every reasonable person will not take him as a governor who betrayed the confidence reposed in him and would not want the in-coming governor-elect to succeed. It must be noted that Enugu state is today the highest debtor in the five Southeast states of Nigeria.”

In another development, former National Auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ray Nnaji, has described the move to impeach Chime as a good omen that could safeguard the interest of the state.

Speaking in Enugu on Tuesday, Nnaji accused Governor Chime of exhibiting certain actions, especially in his last days, that were not in the interest of the incoming administration.

He said, “What happened is a good omen, but my problem is the fact that it started very late in view of the rigorous process one should take before such is concluded, I do not think the three weeks is enough to conclude the process. Whatever may have made the lawmakers to start this action now is something good, at east if not for any other thing, to curtail the excesses of the governor.

“Look at what he has done to the International Conference Centre, the land belonging to the House of Assembly, the Industrial layout, the loan request, the sale of Water Corporation in his last days after the billions allegedly sunk into it for eight years.”

On the allegations leveled against Chime, Nnaji said they were impeachable offences adding, “there is no way an executive could make virement in the Appropriation Law it has signed earlier without going back to the House to get approval.

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