Abia PDP criticizes contract dispute between State Govt, Innoson vehicles

By Innocent Raphael

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed dissatisfaction over the contract conflict between the Abia State Government and Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) concerning the alleged non-delivery of vehicles paid for by the state government.

Abraham Amah, Vice Chairman and Acting Publicity Secretary of the Abia State PDP, highlighted the party’s concerns, emphasizing that the dispute between Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Emmanuel Emeruwa, and IVM highlights a lack of due process and transparency in the state’s governance.

A viral video shows Speaker Emeruwa stating that the government paid IVM for vehicles that have not been delivered. The Abia State House of Assembly has threatened to terminate its contract with IVM for allegedly failing to supply vehicles for all lawmakers.

Emeruwa expressed frustration that members still lack vehicles one year after their inauguration, despite payments made under Governor Alex Otti’s initiative to promote local content.

In response, Cornel Osigwe, Head of Corporate Communications at IVM, clarified that IVM has not received any payment for the vehicles. He explained that the ordered vehicles are special models requiring new frames, not previously produced by IVM.

The company has produced a sample for the Governor’s approval and made requested modifications. Osigwe assured that the vehicles are now undergoing quality control tests and will be ready by the end of the month, with delivery expected by next month.

He added that IVM consciously decided not to accept any payment until the vehicles were produced and delivered.

Amah criticized the revelation from IVM, indicating a significant disconnect within the Abia State Government. He expressed concern over the violation of the separation of powers and the independence of the legislature, arguing that the Assembly should independently manage its vehicle procurement.

Amah further condemned the reliance on oral assurances from the Governor regarding payments, highlighting a failure in due procurement processes.

He called on Governor Otti to restore the legislature’s independence, ensure transparency, and adhere to due process and accountability in government operations.

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