From Steve Oko, Umuahia
The immediate -past Governor of Abia State and Senator representing Abia Central, Chief Theodore Orji, has said he decided not to interfere with the government of his successor, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu to enable him use the state funds to develop the state.
Senator Orji who said this during the grand reception in his honour by the Ukwa-Ngwa people at Ngwa High School Aba explained that Ikpeazu would not have enough funds to develop the state if he should leech him like his predecessor , Orji Uzor Kalu, allegedly did to him.
He said he decided to steer clear and allow Ikpeazu pilot the affairs of tge state independently, arguing that he is competent enough to govern the state.
” I promised never to give him Orji Uzor treatment who never allowed me to rest”, Orji declared, adding that Ikpeazu was ordained by God to govern Abia at this time.
The former Governor further noted that his successor would mot have recorded the level of achievements he had so far posted if he , Orji had not been pestering him.
Orji challenged senators or National Assembly members who have running battle with their Governors to come to Abia for a template to work harmoniously.
He said he decided to hand over power to a successor of Ukwa- Ngwa extraction in the spirit of Abia charter of equity which recommended power rotation among the three political blocs, adding that the decision has brought peace to Abia political space.
” It is on record that I gave power to people who have been marginalised, and by doing so I gave them a sense of belonging”.
Orji said he was very proud of Ikpeazu who he said had since justified his election going by his achievements so far, and solicited further support for his second term bid to complete his good works.
He also commended the Ukwa – Ngwa nation for remembering to honour him( Orji) for supporting power shift to them, and assured them of his continued support.
Orji however, pleaded with Ikpeazu not to contemplate dropping his Deputy, Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu in his second term bid, conte ding that ” you don’t change a winning team”.
Earlier in his remarks Elder Emmanuel Adaelu said God used Orji to wipe off the tears of Ukwa- Ngwa nation, describing him as a man of ” equity and justice”.
He said he delivered Ukwa- Ngwa people from political obscurity and projected them to limelight.
He, therefore, on behalf of the people, endorsed Orji for a second term in office.
The endorsement received the approval of the mammoth crowd and other stakeholders who spoke after him.
The heavily attended ceremony was witnessed by ten Senators including Senator Abdulahi Adamu ( APC); Fatima Raji Rasaki; Godwill Akpabio; and Jonah Jang.
Others were Senators Enyinnaya Abaribe; Rose Oko; Samuel Anyanwu; Sonny Ogboji; and Mao Ohuabunwa.