Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Wednesday dismissed a media report accusing him of being behind the on-going probe of some road contracts initiated by his predecessor, Barr. Sullivan Chime.
The Enugu State House of Assembly had on Tuesday summoned some contractors over road and some other capital projects handled by Chime's administration.
Consequently, an online medium had accused the Governor of hiding under the House to probe Chime.
However, in a press statement made available to journalists in Enugu yesterday, by Mr. Uwakwe Abugu, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, he described the news report entitled "Enugu Governor Begins Probe Of Predecessor, Godfather", as a huge deception of the mass- reader.
Abugu said it was "a deliberate attempt to create and stoke the embers of a non-existent rift among political leaders in Enugu state which currently enjoys visible peace, harmony and progressive actions midwifed by the administration of the state governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
said news report to scream an alleged probe of the former governor of the state by the incumbent governor when the body of the story contains nothing about any action of the governor in that regard but purely legislative oversight functions of the Enugu state House of Assembly.
"Any discerning mind which goes through the report would naturally ask, 'whither the role or hand of the state governor in the actions of the state assembly which decided to look into executions of some contracts in the state'?
"At the moment, Governor Ugwuanyi is engrossed in several salvage actions of his administration aimed at raising the bar of performance in all spheres of governance.
"His is an administration embedded in momentous actions involving flag-off of development projects, continuous engagements with various stakeholder groups, business groups with a view to ensuring that no stone is left unturned in the drive to achieve all aspects of the four-point agenda of the government."
He added that "The governor being a true democrat, and having served his people for a decade and two years as a dependable National Assembly member, would not use his present office to meddle in the affairs of the legislative arm of government in Enugu state.
"In fact, the state assembly goes about its constitutional duties without any form of encumbrance by the executive arm."
Abugu further stated that it was grossly unfair for the news medium "to skew its interpretation of the constitutional function of the state assembly to mean that Governor Ugwuanyi, in its own words, 'Begins Probe of Predecessor, Godfather'.
"The general atmosphere of cordiality in Enugu's political environment since the governor assumed office on May 29 is a direct result of his personal and official efforts to galvanize all leaders of the state into working for the general well-being of the people because he believes, and it is truly so, that his desired development for the state can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace and harmony among the critical stakeholders."