PDP offered me N3bn to impeach Okorocha – Uwajumogu

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From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, Owerri

The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Mr Benjamin Uwajumogu, yesterday alleged that the elder brother to the impeached deputy governor Jude Agbaso and some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had offered him N3 billion to facilitate the impeachment of the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Speaking during an interview with journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Uwajumogu, alleged that the millionaire businessman, the PDP national vice chairman (South East), Col. Augustine Akobundu and other high ranking PDP members, promised to give him the money if he would facilitate the impeachment of Okorocha to pave way for his deputy, Jude Agbaso to become the governor of the state.

According to him: “Sometime in August, 2012, the elder brother to the former deputy governor, invited me for a meeting to assist me in the attempt by the PDP hierarchy to remove me from office.

“I attended the meeting with him in Anambra State in the house of a businessman, with other high ranking PDP members in attendance including the current South East national vice chairman of the PDP in attendance.

“I was jolted at the meeting when I was told that the Presidency had directed that impeachment proceedings be initiated against Governor Okorocha to remove him from office, so that the then deputy governor, Sir Jude Agbaso could take over.

The sum of N3billion was offered to me and adequate protection.

I now asked them to give me the evidence that was required to impeach the governor and up till today they have not given me any required evidence.” Uwajumogu further revealed that “while the elder brother to the impeached deputy governor was trying to sponsor the impeachment move, Okorocha learnt of it and confronted him and myself. I owned up but having heard their discussion and there was no evidence, I didn’t think it was anything to worry about.”

The Speaker also denied any reports that the impeachment of the deputy governor was predetermined, pointing out that, “I am actually surprised by some of the information being released. If there was any predetermined impeachment action, it was to be against the governor, which was to be sponsored by the elder brother to the impeached deputy governor and the PDP in line with the directives of the Presidency.”

But when contacted, Akobundu, stated that, “I am not aware of what he (Speaker) is talking about. I am a member of the opposition in the state and can’t be talking about impeachment. The PDP is concerned with restoring good governance in the state.”

Also speaking, the state Public Secretary of the PDP, Chief Blyden Amajirionwu, described the Speaker’s claim as unfounded and total falsehood. He said that, “the PDP is not interested in the impeachment of Okorocha because if he is impeached, the PDP will not take over. We are working to win the next election and restore good governance in the state. The PDP will remove Okorocha during the next general election.

We are not talking about impeachment.” However, in his reaction, Agbaso’s brother simply said, “I am not sure the Speaker can say anything like that.”

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45 Comments

  1. Is PDP saying that Okoroocha isnt offering comparative good governance in the state? I hope they are not trying to foster the type of ‘good governance’ in Abia State.

  2. Now, you are breaking the eleventh commandment that says ‘Thou shall not commit talkery’. You should just have taken the money, run and get out of politics.
    #3 billion.
    Are you waiting for a state burial?

  3. Why should speaker say it now? I am sure it is connected with his case in cross carpeting that is why he wants to discreet PDP. I am sure he will soon vomit this revelation as he claim. Why would he say that there is no evidence against Okorocha? The answer is so simple. Birds of the same feather flocks together. Okorocha has settled him with many contract to handle. God will soon expose all of them.

  4. Tin tin nabulations on

    Too cheap. Whoever believed this will certainly believe anything. The great paradox which will manifest with time is that this conspired exit of the former deputy governor is a minus to the character & person of Okorocha whom some of us had thought to be a gentleman politician.

    • I do believe the story and Gov. Okorocha is still a gentleman. The Agbosos do not know politics hence they cry at last. They cried for Ohakim and they are crying for Okorocha. They will soon cry again.

  5. PDP IS MUCH A CURSE TO NIGERIA AS THE OIL RESOURSES. WE DON’T PRAY FOR PDP’S KIND OF GOOD GOVERNANCE IN IMO STATE ANYMORE. THE WOUND INFLICTED TO IMO STATE AND ITS PEOPLE BY PDP’S OHAKIM IS NOT YET HEALED. WITH ROCHAS SO FAR, MOST PEOPLE IN IMO STATE HAVE KNOWN WHAT “GOVT. BEING PRESENT” MEANS. ROCHAS, GOOD OR BAD HAS NOTHING IN ANY WAY TO COMPARE WITH OHAKIM AND IMO STATE. THANKS

  6. Why denying, you want to impeach the Governor so that the deputy will take over then decamp to PDP… Now like Haman in the bible the formal deputy had been buried in the gallows he constructed for another person..

  7. Big time story ,if the so called speaker reject such amount of money then means he has gotten more from ROchas,why is only mentioning the name of AGBASO,s which other names is involved?

    • life is not only valued in money. I wonder why you think someone can turn down money instead of doing of evil.

  8. You call these dubious characters on all sides of the political divide, politicians. They worry about themselves instead of their mandates. This is the real meaning of underdevelopment. All I can say is “Cry, My Beloved Country.”

  9. This is an irony of sort! You can not deceive those that are more cleverly positioned than your deceitful self okay!

  10. All i know is that okorocha is not going to be impeached by any degree of conspiracy plotting againt him.he is a man we truly belief that wil heal us from the wound inflicted by his predessor ohakim.

  11. ”The PDP will remove Okorocha during the next general election.”…maybe through rigging.. I expect him to say imo people will vote Okorocha out… PDP..!!!…..Share the money!!!

  12. Why is PDP so so corrupt ? We must vote them out on all levels come 2015. Nigeria can not progress with PDP ! Any attempt to RIG will be met by a masses revolution. A word is enough for the wise ! How dare u plot against ROCHAS!

    • Effiok Sunday Ikot on

      Bakassi, are you trying to tell the whole political elites, that Okorocha, choosed his deputy from PDP,instead of APGA?

  13. Look at the mans’ statement and i quote..they PROMISE to give me 3B naira if i will facilitate the impeachment of OKOROCHA..PROMISE?this is a TRUTHFUL LIES from a MAN that is trying to play MR SAINT.

  14. As long as Owelle Rochas is still a performing governor and evidence of good goverance and dividends of democracy is seen everywhere you go in Imo state then the PDP and Agbasos of this world can do nothing to impeach him. The PDP can’t defeat Okorocha in 2015 guber election in Imo state. Majority of Imolites will vote for Rochas again in any party of his choice be it APGA,APC,ACN. etc

  15. This story exposes the speaker as a corrupt person. Why did the speaker mention only Agbaso ? who are the others ? Why is he saying it now ? Which Nigerian politician ever rejected bribe ? Can the speaker reject 1 BILLION naira ?

  16. Mr speaker,you rejected to impeach the governor and instead coniave with the governor to now impeach the deputy governor who happens to be the younger broda to senior agbaso…anyway the hunter has become the hunted,but mr speaker i bet it with you that you will be used as the secred lamb when the whistle is blown !!

  17. Princefrankie on

    fallacy, this man will never reject five hundred millions not to talk of 3billion bribe, go and tell that to your party members

  18. PDP am so disappointed it appears that you are an enemy of good thing.
    when you should have been concerned with the poor governance of your candidate in Abia state is
    please leave Imo state alone we are talking about taking over Abia come 2015

  19. One thing some of us dont understand about this our Governor was that he is a gentleman. A man that forfeit his security vote for our Children future means well for us. Pls PDP should let this man be. They said they will vote him out come 2015 we are waiting.

  20. An ordinary broadcaster at VOA , to reject 3 billion naira offer from Aso Rock! Wonders shall never end mr holier than thou! Let me tell you , citizens at this millennium time are more focused and wiser than you Nigeria politicians. The more you realise this , the better for you mr News caster.

  21. I dont believ mr speaker will descend so low to vomit such and impecable diseased from his mouth. tell me,do u think that mr speaker will in his life time reject 200m bribe,let alone 3bn bribe ? how much has okorocha to give him that he can reject such amount ?He may say that d money offered him was not enough for him to share with his carbinet that was why he has to reject the money. Be wise !

  22. Effiok Sunday Ikot on

    Mr Speaker of Imo House. Kindly do me a favour. ‘Keep quiet’. If you were given 3bn to impeach alhaji Rochas, you refused. How much were you given by GEJ, to impeach his deputy? Or do you think you are talking to kids?

  23. politice in igbo land.foolish people.whil odas re talkin abt nigerian president come 2015 we re hia deliberating and playing bacyard politice,FIGHTING OUR BROTHERS AND KILLING OUR SELF LIK WOT T.A ORJI IS DOIN AGAINST FORMER GOVT OUK jst for selfish interest.pls u people should leav GOV.OKOROCHA ALONE.HE IS DOING GR8T.PDP SHOULD GO 2 ABIA STATE WERE THE GOVERNOR IS SO GREEDY AND WANT TO OWN EVERY PROPERTY IN D STATE .HE BUYS EVERY LAND AND BUILDING DAT FLASHES HIS EYE.ENBACK ON MONOR PROJECT DAT COST PIE NUT.AM SO DISAPPOINTED n ashame of the people of dis part of d country

  24. politice in igbo land.foolish people.whil odas re talkin abt nigerian president come 2015 we re hia deliberating and playing bacyard politice,FIGHTING OUR BROTHERS AND KILLING OUR SELF LIK WOT T.A ORJI IS DOIN AGAINST FORMER GOVT OUK jst for selfish interest.pls u people should leav GOV.OKOROCHA ALONE.HE IS DOING GR8T.PDP SHOULD GO 2 ABIA STATE WERE THE GOVERNOR IS SO GREEDY AND WANT TO OWN EVERY PROPERTY IN D STATE .HE BUYS EVERY LAND AND BUILDING DAT FLASHES HIS EYE.ENBACK ON Mino PROJECT DAT COST PIE NUT.AM SO DISAPPOINTED n ashame of the people of dis part of d country

  25. Where does Jude Agbaso get his “Sir” from, was he Knighted by the Queen? You know these people have penchant for fake and stolen PhDs, Medical degrees and chieftaincy titles. Ewu Sir!

  26. Pity, no one seem to appreciate the level of curruption and bad governace going on in our land any more. I quess people are no longer alarmed at the mention of the word bribe, no to talk about the amount involved. I expected people to ask more probing question that will help unravell who is lieying or saying the truth here.even people that came from this state seem to be used to tghis kind of game. we simply asume certain things and hold on to it as the truth.How can people say that what this man has said is true or not when they have no evidence to support their conclusion.It looks like poverty has realy dealy a heavy blow on the people to the extend that many of them can no longer reason well. pity.
    Omoba

  27. PDP No way for U 2015.mr speaker pls dont put ur hand into something dat wil treated ur life in danger.dont attempt any of their meeting.ROCHAS is Good in good governance,IMO state is too small for Rochas we are thinking of text election 2015 for Vice president,we in Plateau state need Rochas to rule our state jst 4 one week sothat lest proverty and bad governance wil reduce.

  28. President Jonathan said yesterday that PDP will lose 32 states in 2015 general elections. We are not suprise to hear this, because Bamanga Tukur is the last united PDP national chairman. I have repeatedly said that Okorocha is the PDP’s major problem in the Southeast. So PDP is ready to do anything inhuman to remove him as governor of Imo state. But PDP will never succeed, because Okorocha is a very careful governor, good manager and a good administrator. He did not come to steal, kill or destroy, rather, he came to serve.

  29. Boney London on

    The speaker never said he refused the money. He said he waited for the evidence that would help him impeach the Governor, but it never came. Since the evidence and the money never came, he then went to the Governor and collected from him and impeached his Deputy instead. Cash and Carry politics. Shame of a nation and the irony is the fact that these gas bags have the temerity to say or do what they want to do with impunity. Scum bags!

  30. WHAT TYPE OF GOOD GOVERNANCE CAN PDP OFFER THAT THEY COULD NOT OFFER FOR ABOUT 21 YEARS OF UDENWA AND OHAKIM,THEY ARE VERY STUPID AND RUINING MAD,ROCHAS WILL COMPLETE AND DO ANOTHER 4 YEARS UNDER APC AND HAND OVER TO HIS PRESENT DEPUTY TO DO 8 YEARS,PDP SHOULD FORGET IMO STATE AND SOON WE ARE TAKING ABIA FROM THEM TOO,LOOK WHAT THE MAN FROM PDP ORJI TA IS DOING,THEY ARE MAD AND USELESS SET OF PEOPLE FROM ABUJA THAN TO MANY OF THE STATES THEY ARE HOLDING,GOD WILL SURELY PUNISH THEM IN HELL WELL WELL.

  31. Who offered him the money? He should tell us. He should be arrested & questioned. These men were in PDP & now they have over night become saints just because they are today in another party- APGA. They are & still remain same old wine in a new bottle. We need the whole truth & nothing but the but the truth. He should not insult our intelligence. Only fools will feed on such a garbage. We are watching & waiting the end of this Nollywood film playing out in Imo.

  32. Let us not try to aid and abate evil in our society at large. Owelle is no saint neither is the abgo’s too or even the chief judge but, leadership is never easy from our point of view until u re asked to rule but a few. All we re saying is give us good roads,water, light these re the basic amenities we need

  33. All the people who did not belive the speaker infact i can seee thire names, no one sound igbo, not talk of coming from imo. I was very small hearing uwajumogu meybe the father, infact in ihitte/uboma when u mention this name is like u mention sam mbakwe, for me i am not suprise. An Imo state indegine, a keke driver have peaked 1.5m in aba and retuned it, and in ihitte/uboma the only pdp project since 1999 was 2 uncompleted boleholes at isiweke and nkwo-ihitte.

  34. owerri! U are stupid, i’ve said it b4 now dat u will die of heart attack becos of rochas d peoples governor.
    D hunter had been hunted i mean ur corrupt master jude agbaso. Owelle ride on imolites are strongly behind ‘YOU’

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