Information available to 247ureports.com indicates that the Anambra State House of Assembly has indicted the Chairman of the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission [ANSIEC], Prof Titus Eze for financial impropriety – and has booted the Chairman out of the top seat in ANSIEC.
As gathered, the Speaker of the Anambra State Assembly, Hon. Chinwe Nwabili of Ogbaru local government area, during a House seating today read a written document stating that the Chairman has been indicted for misappropriating N100million. The written document which the Speaker read at 1:30pm announced that the Chairman was being removed from the seat for further investigations. The House voted on the motion to sack the Chairman 24 [yes] and 0 [no].
The findings of the State Assembly followed an internal audit launched by the Anambra State government into the financial activities of the many ministries and parastatals of the Anambra State government. The audit which was conducted over a period of several months discovered that the Chairman was handed N100million for award of contracts relating to the electoral activities – but he managed to only award N6million worth of contracts.
The Chairman of ANSIEC, Prof Eze was not present at the House Seating today at the State Assembly Chambers in Awka. In talking to the Chairman of ANSIEC, he expressed shock on the news of his sacking. He denied having been given N100million by the State but noted that he was aware that the ANSIEC was being audited. Prof Eze added also that he was not sent a copyof the audit, and that he is aware that “someone” in the State wants himout of the way so that “they can conduct a kangaroo” council elections.
With the sacking of the Chairman, the tantetively scheduled council polls in Anambra State for November 4, 2011 faces another postponement. The present administration of Anambra State has yet to hold a council election since it mounted the seat of governance in March 2006.