From Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki
The former Ebonyi state House of Assembly candidates of the People’s Democratic Party in the recently held general election, Prince Maduabuchi Akam-Alo has refuted the speculation of accusing governor Francis Nwifuru and the federal Minister of Works, David Umahi of alleged #70 million naira bribe scandal.
Prince Akam-Alo who contested for Ebonyi North East state constituency and son to the traditional ruler of Nkaleke Achara Ndiebo Autonomous community in Ebonyi LGA, was recently quoted to have accused governor Francis Nwifuru and the Minister of works, David Umahi, for allegedly framed him up and convicted, for rejecting a #70 million naira bribe to stepdown his House of Assembly ambition for the All Progressives Congress, APC’s candidate, Mrs. Chinyere Nwaogbaga, in the last general election.
According to the quote, “On March 3, the then governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi called me on phone around 11:00pm, saying that I should stepdown for Chinyere Nwaogbaga and collect #50million. The following morning, the present governor, Chief Francis Nwifuru, called me and requested that I should see him in the evening. When I got there, governor Francis Nwifuru said I should stepdown for Chinyere Nwaogbaga and collect #20million cash that night but I refused” it stated.
It was gathered that Prince Akam-Alo was sentenced to six months imprisonment with option of N50, 000 fine by Magistrate Ngozi Ngele for alleged trumped-up charges, boardering on cutting a finger of one of his father’s subjects, stealing and trespassing on a land.
But, Prince Akam-Alo who addressed newsmen in Abakaliki, denied of issuing such statement or authorizing anybody to make such allegations against the governor Francis Nwifuru and the Minister of works, David Umahi.
The former PDP’s house of assembly candidate, Akam-Alo who recently regained freedom, said: “People can go a long way to destroy you, especially when they know that the future is bright for you.
“They want to tarnish my image. I didn’t grant anybody interview or authorized anybody to write or make such allegations against the governor, Francis Nwifuru.
“It maybe people who felt that we are blocking them somewhere, that is trying to blackmail me. What happened during the last election should be bygone, and shouldn’t be used to victimize anybody” he said.
He however, called on governor Francis Nwifuru to ignore the allegation, urging him (Nwifuru) to be focused and deliver the dividend of democracy to the people of the state, in accordance with his chatter of need manifesto.
“When he (Nwifuru) was coming to contest for governor, people were afraid of him that he will follow the footage of the former governor, David Umahi, but he is different, especially with what he is doing now. He has done a lot of life touching projects silently.
“We are thanking the present government led by governor Francis Nwifuru for the various life touching projects he has embarked on. I believe the governor will focus more on rural road construction and human capital development.
Prince Akam-Alo further urged the governor, Francis Nwifuru to accommodate opposition party members in his government, adding no society will grow without opposition: “Without opposition, the society won’t grow. What made us, to support our candidate then, was because of the lots of betrayal we had in the past, when the governorship ticket was not given to Izzi man. But now Izzi man is governor, we will assist him (Nwifuru) to succeed” he emphasized