Following the controversy over which zone produces the next governor of Abia State, former Senate President, Senator Adolphus Wabara has advised Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu to stand for equity and ensure that he hands over the governorship position in line with equity as himself is a product of equity.
Senator Wabara, who gave the advice in an interview with journalists in Aba, explained that Ikpeazu is a child of equity and should grow to become a father of equity in the state.
He condemned what he described as conspiracy theories from several sections of the State on where power should shift in 2023.
In his words; “If Ikpeazu’s predecessor didn’t believe in equity, there is no way we, the Ukwa/Ngwa people would have smelt that seat. If Senator Theodore Orji had not pronounced that he was going to hand over to Abia South, I don’t think Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu would have been Governor. The Governor knows my stand. He should follow the footsteps of his predecessor. Ikpeazu should be a child of equity and do the needful. My advice is that he should be in charge of equity and do things right and there would be peace. And I know he won’t be misled. I don’t want to go to the nitty gritty of the conspiracy theories here and there. All these conspiracies will not help; Abia State will outlive all of us. Let him guide us, The Governor has nothing to fear. By next year or 2023, let him grow from child of equity to father of equity.”
On the rumoured defection of the Governor to the APC, Wabara explained that the Governor has met with the members of the PDP Board of Trustees, and assured that he will not defect to any party.
While describing Ikpeazu’s performance as wonderful, the former Senate President stated that more investments have been coming to the State because of the infrastructural turnaround and peace being experienced in the State.
He commended Ikpeazu for his support to the Abia State University, Uturu, stressing that the Governor’s greatest legacy is in the area of education as the bedrock of development.
“The most important legacy Governor Ikpeazu would leave in Abia is in the area of education. The Governor knows that education is the bedrock of development that’s why most of us follow his footsteps; you see Abia has many PhD holders now. We borrowed all that from the Governor. I commended the Governor for supporting ABSUU and giving education its pride of place in the state knowing the fact that education remains the bedrock of development.
Wabara urged the Governor to establish a sea port in Ukwa , stressing that Abia needs a sea port more than it needs an airport.