I’ve been under probe since 2015, Elechi tells Umahi


Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki

The immediate past Governor of Ebonyi State, Martin Elechi, has said that he has been under probe since he left office.

Elechi said this in Abakaliki, the state capital on Tuesday while fielding questions from newsmen on political developments in the state.

Referring to the recent statement credited to Umahi, who threatened to investigate the financial records of the state between 2007 and 2015 when he (Elechi) was in power, the ex-governor said he had been under probe at the instance of the present government since he handed over power to his successor on May 29, 2015.

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He said, “If anybody says he is going to probe me now, that person should continue the probe from where he had stopped as I have been under probe since I left office.

“I have been under probe, including two of my children, since I handed over the leadership of the state to the present administration.”

The former governor expressed dismay over the level of alleged insult and accusations leveled against him, noting that nobody would stop him from expressing himself on issues.

On the Ebonyi State Government proposed loan request of $150m  from the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank for the reconstruction of the 198km Abakaliki Ring Road, Elechi  denied insinuation in some quarters that he was against the plan.

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“I have never made any statement against the plan; some people are thinking that I am against the state government borrowing the loan. This is not true because this is what I had done in the past during my tenure.

“I only faulted the process of securing the loan, we have a law in Ebonyi State which I initiated in 2009 called ‘Fiscal Responsibility Law’, it spells out how the state should borrow money; it provides regulations on handling of financial resources, and this law must be complied with unless for any reason Ebonyi State decides not to have the law,” he said.

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