The Deputy Goveror of Imo State, Sir Jude Agbaso, has denied allegations of fraud against him by the State House of Assembly, saying that he ‘’will be ready to prove his innocence when called upon to do so.’’
Agbaso was reacting to the impeachment notice served on him by the House of Assembly.
This was contained in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant, SSA, Chief Onyema Opara, in Owerri yesterday.
The statement entitled ‘’RE:RESIGNATION AND IMPEACHMENT OF DEPUTY GOVERNOR IMO STATE,’’ read, ‘’the attention of the Office of the Deputy Government of Imo State has been drawn to rumours making the rounds that His Excellency Sir Jude Agbaso, has resigned from office.
It is also being said in some quarters and reported in some media houses that Sir Agbaso has also been impeached by the Imo State House of Assembly on allegation of corruption.
‘’I wish to state in clear terms that Sir Agbaso has not resigned as the Imo State Deputy Governor and that there is no cause for him to do so. The Deputy Governor still functions as a validly elected Deputy Governor of Imo State and has been doing all his state assignments diligently.
‘’On the allegation of fraud, Sir Agbaso is innocent of any allegation (either real or imagined) against him and as a law abiding citizen, will be ready to prove his innocence when called upon to do so. The Deputy Governor is still committed to the Rescue Mission of His Excellency the Governor of Imo State and still pledges his loyalty to the Governor and the Government of Imo State.
‘’Therefore, the press and the general public should disregard media publications and rumours on any purported resignation and impeachment of the Sir Agbaso as they are all false and only calculated to tarnish the image of the Deputy Governor.
Consequently, the press and the general public should not hesitate to reach the above office for any information or clarification on the Deputy Governor if need be. God bless.’’