…Condemn T.A. Orji As Anti-obidient, Whose Ochendo Dynasty Turned Abia Into A Taliban State With State Sponsored Insecurity
Abia State Obidients are convinced that the time is right to “commend the commendable and condemn the condemnable” so as to ensure that the long awaited God given Labour Party, LP Government under His Excellency Dr Alex Chioma Otti shall assume office as the state Governor with the right perspective of history.
Abia Obidients shall remain eternally grateful to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for being the MOST OBIDIENT GOVERNOR IN NIGERIA. When other South East Governors were persecuting Obidients and making life hell for them, he gave us the conducive environment to operate. Beyond rhetoric, he supported various programs of Abia Obidients with logistics. Likewise, he supported substantially all campaign visits of our principal, the LP Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi to the state, to the extent of incurring the wrath of his colleagues in the PDP.
On the contrary, Senator Theodore Ahamefule Orji was the South East campaign Coordinator of the PDP Presidential candidate, Alh Atiku Abubakar and he openly worked against the election of Mr Peter Obi.
History shall be very kind to Governor Ikpeazu for refusing to bow to the pressure of exerting the full extent of his powers as the Chief Security Officer of the state on his political adversaries like some other Governors did, neighboring Ebonyi and Rivers States readily come to mind.
His not toeing that line was not out of cowardice but rather out of his inner courage and conviction, that his ambition was not worth the blood of any Abian. Just like President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerians shall still celebrate Ikpeazu for his uncommon conscientiousness and patriotism.
In fact, for congratulating Dr Otti soon after his announcement as winner, something no other outgoing Governor did for an incoming Governor from an opposition party, apart from Prof Nnenna Oti, the returning officer of the election who has been hailed as a heroine, Ikpeazu deserves heroic commendation too.
During Senator Theodore Orji’s 8 years tenure as Abia State Governor, the state became a “Taliban State” due to the terrible state of insecurity that prevailed therein. In fact, Abia State then became a safe haven for kidnappers and had the uncomplimentary record of being the most insecure state in the South East, leading to the exodus of investors and dearth of economic activities.
In fact, Ndi Abia are appalled that Senator T. A. Orji could find the voice to attack Governor Ikpeazu instead of hiding his head in shame because of the terrible harm he and his Ochendo Political Dynasty did to the state during his 24 years continual sojourn in the corridors of power since 1999. From being Chief of Staff to then Governor Orji Uzor-Kalu to being the state Governor and thereafter serving as Senator for eight years, Ochendo has been part of the rot in Abia State. If not for the Obidient movement that God used in liberating Abia State, T.A. Orji’s Ochendo Dynasty intended to continue their enmasculation and enslavement of the state by having Ikuku, Chinedum Orji, the enfant terrible of Abia State politics moving over to Abuja as member of the House of Representatives.
After 8 years as Governor, Ochendo spent 8 years as Senator with his son, Ikuku as Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly. Even Dr Orji Uzor-Kalu in his own time was never this “mean and selfish”.
Finally, since “Government is a continuum”, we urge Dr Otti to ensure the completion of some of Ikpeazu’s unfinished legacy projects, especially the Enyimba Economic City in the interest of the overall advancement of the state.
Chief Ndubueze Obiakwata, Chairman, Obidients Across Parties Alliance (OAPA), Abia State
Mazi Chetachi Ikpe, Coordinator, Peter Obi Grassroots Movement (POGM), Abia State