The sacked Deputy Governor of Imo State, Gerald Irona, has dared the state Governor, Hope Uzodimma, to probe him over any of his actions while he served the state as the Deputy Governor to sacked Govenror, Emeka Ihedioha.
Irona while reacting to a call by a faction of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in the state, that is demanding his arrest and prosecution, made his position known.
His position, which was contained in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Dr. Walter Duru, was made public to the media.
The statement revealed, the the sacked Deputy Governor, was aware of the calls for his arrest by a faction of NULGE.
It read further, “Shortly after the call, former member of the House of Representatives and Special Adviser to Governor Uzodinma on Oil and Gas, Hon. Goodluck Opiah, added his voice to the matter.
Irons stated, that he aware ofthe sponsors of the blackmail against him. He stated that for the fact that NULGE, whose members in the local government in the state were being owed months of salaries, yet they have not protested in solidarity with them, had revealed a lot about those sponsoring the attacks at him.
Irons insisted that it was shameful that they did not see anything wrong with the fact that five months into the Hope Uzodinma administration, the Board of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) was yet to be reconstituted. He stated that six months of the commission’s statutory allocation, amounting to billions of naira cannot be accounted for.
He stated that millions have disappeared from several banks the commission banked in.
Irona stated that the staff members of ISOPADEC were presently being owed about four months’ salary arrears and other entitlements. He stated that no one, including Goodluck Opiah and others who claim to be stakeholders, has said a word.
Irona, claimed that he stuck out his neck to ensure that ISOPADEC was sanitised with the approval of his boss, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, but now, he is the one they want to vilify.
He stated that while he was deputy governor, he supervised the activities of ISOPADEC leadership, stating that the staff were paid as at when due; and ISOPADEC money were used in working for the people.
Irons was of the view, that Imo people can see the difference between Ihedioha and Hope Uzodinma, wondering, who can account for ISOPADEC funds at the moment.
The statement further added, that it was insulting to reduce the sacked deputy governor, to mere head of a state parastatal in a plot to score some cheap political goal.
Irona stated categorically that he was never head of ISOPADEC, insisting that under Ihedioha, salaries of workers were duly paid.
He called on NULGE, to rediscover it conscience and stop being used for political hatchet work, urging them to pay more attention to the plight of their members.