Crisis rocking the Abia State chapter of the inter party advisory council, IPAC, is deepening with a faction disowning those who recently visited Governor Okezie to congratulate him on his re-election, saying that the people who led the delegation to the governor were not State officers of Abia IPAC.
The state IPAC is factionalised with two factional APGA chairmen, Rev. Augustine Ehimere who leads the Dr. Alex Otti group and Prince Nnanna Ukaegbu who leads the Chikwe Udensi camp claiming to be leading the authentic IPAC in the State. And the Rev. Ehiemere group was the one that visited the governor. But addressing journalists in Umuahia yesterday, Nnanna Ukaegbu dismissed Ehiemere’s claim as the state chairman of IPAC, insisting that himself and his executive committee are the authentic leaders of the council in the State. He described Ehiemere and his group as imposters. Speaking on the last general elections in the State, Ukaegbu commended Abia people for the mature manner they conducted themselves during the polls, saying that there was no untoward incidents during the elections. Speaking on the re-election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Ukaegbu said that since it was the wish of Abia people to re-elect him, he should not disappoint the people who have trusted their next four years in his hands for him to direct them. Commenting on Ikpeazu’s performance in the last four years, Ukaegbu disagreed with the opinion that he did not do well, saying the governor has done well in some areas compared to what the state had gone through in the past. “Abia, unfortunately has been blessed with bad leadership. The last time we had good governance was about 35 years, during the era of Late Sam Mbakwe.”