Chris Akomas resigns as Abia Deputy Gov

Chris Akomas has resigned as the deputy governor of Abia State.

Addressing a press conference in Umuahia today (Saturday July 31) Akomas said his letter of resignation was dated July 27 and that he took the action after consulting with his people and other stakeholders in the state.

It is alleged however, that 21 members of the Abia State Houes of Assembly had levelled a six-count allegation of gross misconduct against Akomas.

It is said that a seven-man panel began sitting on the matter, on July 29 behind closed doors and concluded questioning of three witnesses on July 30.

The panel which continued sitting on Saturday, could not proceed as the deputy governor insisted that it was impossible for him to present his 25 witnesses within one day, as directed by the panel, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

NAN reports that the panel had insisted that Akomas should field all his witnesses on Saturday and conclude his presentation. This is said to have resulted in a walk-out by Akomas and his lawyers.

Briefing newsmen after the walk-out, Akomas said: "I have decided to break my long silence which has remained golden to me, so that we together can move the state forward.

"On July 30, I tendered my letter of resignation to Gov. Theodore Orji. For me it is time to bow out because integrity is better and more honourable that wealth" he remarked.

He stated in the four-page letter, that while Orji was in Kirikiri Prisons during the 2007 electioneering campaign, it took the efforts of former Governor Orji Kalu and himself to win the gubernatorial election.

He expressed regrets that after the release of Orji, "neither I nor any of the teaming supporters that worked for your victory received any acknowledgment, when you assumed office.

"For the three years and two months, I have dutifully and conscientiously performed the duties of my office, despite the most excruciating and difficult circumstances under which I have had to discharge my duties”.

He said that he shared accommodations with people who were not his personal aides, stressing that; "As if this is not enough, your brother, Chief Charles Ogbonna, my Deputy Chief of Staff, has your instructions to issue me with queries.

"My efforts for you to call him to order met with rude shock" he explained, claiming that the governor declared him an enemy and sponsored an attempt to impeach him.

He appealed to the governor to pay him his allowances amounting to N425, 037, 746 which he claimed had been withheld.