Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Anambra Progressive and Good Governance Association has warned the State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, to restrain his aides from dishing out information that is targeted at misinforming the public.
In a statement by its President, Barr. Ifeanyi Nweke, the group warned that the Aides to the governor and members of his ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), unjustly attack members of the opposition parties instead of collaborating with them to develop Anambra for the benefit of all.
It said in recent times, coordinated media attacks had been launched by the party loyalists against the member representing Awka North and South Federal Constituency, Prof. Lilian Orogbu, regarding the distribution of rice palliative to her constituency.
The group which prides itself as an independent organisation, said the allegations leveled against the federal lawmaker was found to be false after their independent investigation into the claims.
The group described as mischievous and misleading one Mr Miracle Chukwuma’s article that claimed that a palliative domiciled in the Supplementary Budget passed by the Senate in December was given out by the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to all National Assembly members.
According to them, the Federal Government has not started implementing the budget that was passed in December. They also said after thorough search, no palliative package captioned “Emergency Palliative for Awka North and Awka South Federal Constituency, Anambra State” as claimed by Mr Chukwuma was contained in the said supplementary budget.
The group said the Lawmaker has since clarified that the rice palliatives allocated by the Federal Government through the National Assembly Contractor to ease hardship caused by the removal of fuel subsidy and other national challenges have been successfully procured and that 2,570 bags had been delivered to the 34 wards in the constituency.
Quoting the lawmaker, the group said those that benefited include stakeholders such as the PGs, community women and youth leaders, widows, disabled, and groups of non-indigenes from different states.
“We found the above to be true. Prof. Orogbu in her statement did not deny receiving rice palliatives from the Federal Government, and the named beneficiaries are still alive, which our inquiries were validated by them.
“More so, a media aide to the Governor of Anambra State, one Izuchukwu Adichie, authored an article, captioned “Lilian Orogbu: A beauty pageant or federal lawmaker?,” this is vain and baseless, as one would wonder what is the obsession of the newly married young man with the beauty of Prof. Orogbu.
“We caution and refer the duo of Izuchukwu Adichie and Miracle Chukwuma to Section 15 of the Cybercrime Act, 2015; and advise them to be professional in their engagements to avoid landing themselves in trouble.”