By John Ndu
Awka, Dec. 3, 2020 (MOI) Deputy Majority Leader, Anambra State House of Assembly Member, representing Orumba North Constituency Mr Emeka Aforka has denied allegations of misappropriation of community project funds worth N60 million.
The lawmaker denied an allegation that he imposed a caretaker executive of his home town, Ndiowu even as an election was conducted to elect an executive for the community.
The denial came after no fewer than 500 protesters stormed the Government House Awka and the Anambra State House of Assembly calling on the government to recognise an elected executive for the community.
The protesters alleged that each of three tranches of the N20 million Community, Choose your Project Initiative amounting to N60 million by the state government were misappropriated by Aforka and a cabal in the community.
They also alleged that even as an election had been conducted, the lawmaker had continued to use his influence to impose a caretaker committee on the town.
According to them, the lawmaker has refused to allow the election of a new traditional ruler since five years.
This is contained in a report jointly signed by the community Youth Leaders, Mr Obiora Mgbemene and Orji Onyeka.
Denying the allegation, Aforka claimed that Mr Chike Emenike, the incumbent President-General, Ndiowu Community had served for two terms of four years each.
The lawmaker explained that the PG 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 an election but instead went ahead to submit a list of names claiming that they are the elected executive of the community.
“Mr Emenike also went to Ekwulobia High Court, but the judgment was against him and now he is at the Appeal Court and the matter is still pending; that is why we have a caretaker executive.
“On issue of the N60 million Community’s Choose Your Project Initiative; let it be known that I am not a contractor and I am not a member of the community executive council.’’
Aforka explained that it was the government that selected contractors for the projects, emphasising that he had no hand in the project.
He told them to petition the contractor or the building committee or better still the current executive over the project.
At the government House Awka, earlier, Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu urged the protesters to be law abiding, promising to minute their petitions to the office of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters. (MOI)