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Irona Shocker: How Hope Uzodinma Embezzled N100m Oguta Constituency Re-run Fund

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The last may not have been heard about the Oguta State constituency re-run election held on June 29, 2013, as the member representing Ohaji Egbema/ Oguta/ Oru West Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Engr. Gerald Irona accused the member representing Orlu Senatorial zone in the Senate, Chief Hope Uzodinma of being responsible for the loss the PDP incurred at the election.
Speaking during a consultation visit of the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, to Oguta people at the Haven of Peace home of Senator Arthur Nzeribe, penultimate Saturday, Irona revealed that the party could not win the election as planned because of Senator Uzodinma’s action.
According to him, prior to that re-run election, PDP had a stakeholders’ meeting at the house of Senator Nzeribe where they contributed upward of N100 million, but the money was not used for the election
He said, “Some of you were here then. Chief Tony Chukwu brought N20 million, Arthur Eze brought N10 million, I donated N5million and many others also made handsome donations to the course of PDP and for us to win that election. The money was handed over to the chairman of the committee in charge of prosecuting the election.
“But up till that election day, no money was seen anywhere because the people in charge refused to release it for the purpose it was meant. That was why we nearly lost hope on the election if not for Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha here who put that election on hold by calling the president to ensure the result was withheld as the election was declared inconclusive”, Irona said.
He said the propaganda people like Senator Uzodinma were peddling against the candidature of Ihedioha that he took all federal appointments to his Aboh Mbaise and Owerri Zone would not succeed.
According to him, Ihedioha is a good man who had used his position as the deuty speaker to attract several projects to every council area in the state including the N2.5 billion desilting of Okposha River which he said was also awarded to Oguta man.
He maintained that Oguta people would continue to support the candidature of Hon. Ihedioha until entres the state government house in 2015 as the next governor of the state.
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