Governorship candidate of the defunct All Peoples Party (APP) the 1999 election in Imo state, Ezekiel Izuogu has demanded that complete payment of his court awarded N30m damage from the Imo state government
Izuogu, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) regretted that Imo state government has backed out in paying the over 20 years old debt which was awarded to him by an Imo High Court, following an assault by government agents on his mother after the 1999 governorship election, which he claimed he won.
He noted he could not bear the unwarnted attack on his mother, hence he approached the court and won the case against the Imo state government with an awarded of the sum of N30m to him, adding that it was after subsequent administrations in the state have overlooked the award, which he noted the state government never appealed the judgement that he first took the complain to the presidency, which ordered the past administration of Rochas Okorocha to pay him. He however admitted that the Okorocha administration only paid him N20m following the intervention of presidency.
Izuogu in a letter he sent to Governor Hope Uzodimma, stated that the request for the payment of the remaining N10m from the award has become imminent as the money would help his company (Izuogu Motors Ltd) to pay part of the $40,000 it owe its partners in five countries to retain their patent agreement.
“I am very reluctant to bring this matter of payment to, but it is very important that we make payment of $40,000 to five countries because of our patent, else we lose those patents which can provide jobs for Imo state sons and daughter,” Izuogu stated in the letter, dated 24th January, 2020, which was obtained by The AUTHORITY
The APC chieftain who also attached with the letter approvals given by the former Governor Ikedi Ohahim through his Principal Secretary, O. Kingsley, with Ref No.G4/Pl/SI/T/7, regretted that former Governor Emeka Ihedioha had promised him seven times to complete the remaining N10m, but reneged in all his promises.
Four months after the letter was received by the Uzodimma administration, Izuogu has however expressed concerns that the governor has not reacted to his request, despite his full support to his government