By Okey Maduforo Awka
The Deputy Majority Leader of Anambra state House of Assembly and member representing Orumba North Constituency Chief Emeka Afoka yesterday denied allegations of misappropriation of community project fund to the tune of N 60 million.
The lawmaker further denied the allegation that he imposed a caretaker executive of his home town Ndiowu Town Union even as an election was conducted to elect a substantive executive for the community.
Over five hundred protesters including women had stormed both the government house Awka and the state Assembly calling for the head of the law maker and demanding the recognition of an elected executive for the community.
According to an address signed by the community youth leader Mr Obiora Mgbemene and Orji Onyeka they alleged that the Community Choose your project scheme instituted by the state government N20 million each trench for three trenches were misappropriated by Afoka and those they described as cabals in the community.
They further alleged that even as an election had been conducted the law maker has continued to use his influence to impose caretaker committees on the town adding that he has refused to allow the election of a new Traditional Ruler since five years.
Making his denial Afoka contended that one Engr Chike Emenike who had been in power as the President General of the Community for two terms of four years has refused to conduct election as directed by the ministry of local government and Chieftaincy matters on the conduct of the election.
“He refused to conduct election and went ahead to submit a list of names claiming that they are elected executive of the community.
He also went to court at Ekwulobia High Court and the judgement was against him and now he is at the Appeal Court and the matter is still pending and that is why we have caretaker executive.
On the issue of the N60 million Community project, let it be known that I am not a contractor and I am not a member of the community executive Council.
Government chooses the contractor for the project and I do not have any hand in the project so they should petition the contractor or the building Committee or better still the current executive over the project.
At the government house Awka earlier the Secretary to the state government Prof Solo Chukwulobelu urged the protesters to be law abiding and that he will minute their petitions to the office of the Commissioner for local government and Chieftaincy matters.