“Why I Supported Okezie Ikpeazu To Be Abia Governor” – T A Orji

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The immediate- past Governor of Abia State, and the Sen­ator representing Abia Central, Senator Theo­dore Orji, has explained that the reason he sup­ported the emergence of Gov Okezie Ikpeazu as his successor in office was not to protect his personal interests con­trary to insinuation in some quarters.

Orji, who made the ex­planations while speak­ing in Umuahia after he was conferred with the ‘He-ro of Equity’ award by the Abia State Cor­respondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journal-ists, said he sup­ported Ikpeazu because he hails from Abia South zone that has been politi­cally marginalised.
The Senator, who spoke through his Media Adviser, Don Norman Obinna, said his deep belief in justice and fair play compelled him to strongly support power shift to Abia South in line with the concept of Abia Charter of equity put in place by the founding fa­thers of the state.

He noted that the wis­est thing to do was to support power rotation among the three senato­rial zones in the state to engender peace and har­mony, adding that any other thing to the con­trary would have jeop­ardised the peace of the state.

Orji said that his belief in democracy and inclu­sive government rather than personal interests made him support pow­er shift to Abia South to give the Ukwa/ Ngwa people a sense of belong-ing.
He further explained that Ikpeazu’s emergence had put paid to decades of complaint of political marginalisation by the Ukwa/ Ngwa people.

Senator Orji promised to continue to support actions that would help cement peaceful co- ex­ist-ence of various clans in the state in the overall interest of the state.
He appealed to Abians to support the current administration to help fast track development, not-ing that distraction of the governor some po­litical opponents are bent on is not in the interest of the people.


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