Contrary to widespread reports that the Deputy Goveror of Imo State, Sir Jude Agbaso, has resigned his position over allegations of fraud against him by the State House of Assembly, the embattled deputy has stated that he is still the “validly elected Deputy Governor”.
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant, SSA, Chief Onyema Opara, in Owerri yesterday entitled “RE:RESIGNATION AND IMPEACHMENT OF DEPUTY GOVERNOR IMO STATE,” Agbaso made his position known on the saga.
“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” the statement started.
“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.
The statement then went further to urge the public to disregard the rumours of his purported resignation which he said is not only “false” but “calculated to tarnish the image of the Deputy Governor.”