Immediate past governor of Ebonyi state,
Martin Elechi and his successor, Dave Umahi,
are currently at loggerheads after the former
governor rejected a N29 million car gift from
the current governor.
The state government had recently purchased
four SUVs at N29 million each for 3 former
governors of the state namely Sam Egwu,
Ogbonnaya Onu and Martin Elechi and also
former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim.
According to a letter sent to the recipients,
the car gift is in recognition of the
contributions of the former leaders in the
development of their state. However the
immediate past governor of the state, Elechi
returned his own car.
In a letter he sent to the state governor,
Elechi said he does not understand the
rationale behind the gift. According to him,
the same government that has approached
EFCC to investigate him and two of his children
over allegations of corruption, cannot be
offering him a gift.
“As if the bad verdict on projects is not
enough, there is the saga of malicious
and false petitions against me and two
of my children to the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)…
This is courtesy of Your Excellency’s
ingenuity with your team players,” he
wrote.
Umahi has however denied asking the EFCC to
go after Elechi and his sons. Speaking during
an agricultural summit organized by the
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in
Abakaliki yesterday June 30th, Umahi said
“This administration never wrote
anything to EFCC. I speak to you in the
name of God I serve. I told EFCC leave
this man because of his age. If you find
him wanting in terms of money, tell me
I will be paying small small until I finish
paying it. I said that in the name of he
that brought us to leadership but not for
his sons. His children will answer to
whatever thing they committed” he said

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