By Chijindu Emeruwa
Leaders of Ibeku Ukwu Ogurube Ancient clan in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, have berated Prince Benjamin Apugo, over his baseless and unwarranted attack on the Representative of Abia central Senatorial district in National Assembly and ex-Governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji.
Prince Apugo is Senator Orji’s kinsman and a member of the National causus of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Recall that the APC chieftain had during a media interaction with select journalists, Monday, blasted the former Governor, Theodore Orji and accused him of failing the people of Abia State with no visible Infrastructural projects on ground throughout the latter’s eight years reign as Governor and presently as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Prince Benjamin Apugo also accused Senator Orji of perpetrating and superintending high scale of corruption during his tenure as Abia Governor.
However, the Ibeku leaders while condemning the media attack on Senator Theodore Orji, which contained in a communique made available to newsmen, after their enlarged meeting held in Umuahia, Friday, dismissed Apugo’s corruption claims.
The leaders said that Senator Orji had made indelibe marks as ex-civil servant and political office holder without blemish, posited that Abia under the former Governor, witnessed massive Infrastructural development, ranging from construction of International Conference Centre, State Judiciary complex, Modern Industrial Markets, construction of Special Diagnosis hospitals, construction and rehabilitation of dilapidated roads in the various seventeen local Government Area of Abia State, rehabilitation of Aba and Umuahia Township Stadium, empowerment of teeming Abia populaces and many more.
They described Apugo as atrocious element and vowed to expose the APC chieftain further if he continues with his diatribes against the person of Senator Orji.
The communique was jointly signed by Hon. G O. Onyemaobi, Chief Emma Nwabuko, Dr Udoh Ogbonna, Chief Charles Ogbonnaya, Sir Frank Ibe,
Hon. Nwoko Chidiebere and Chief Uche Akwukwaegbu, (Traditional Prime Minister of Ibeku Land).
The communique partly read, “The attention of the entire good people of ibeku land at home and in diaspora has been drawn to the senseless diatribe of one prince B.B Apugo to some radio stations in Umuahia against Distinguished Senator T.A. Orji CON. For the avoidance of doubt, whereas Senator T.A Orji,(CON), is our son of inestimable value in whom we are well pleased, B.B Apugo is a demented, deranged, and traitorous primitive, renegade to ibeku people. By way of a threshold, we would like to warn that whatever we say here in answer to the said rantings of B.B Apugo, will be a tip of the iceberg. We shall make more revelations, mention names with documents in support, if B.B Apugo ever attacks Senator T.A Orji (CON) again.
“Now in direct answers to the unwarranted, baseless, senseless, incoherent attack in which B.B Apugo accused Senator T A. Orji,CON, of corruption, we call on discerning members of the public to compare Senator T A. Orji CON, who rose through the ranks of civil service to become Administrative Secretary to INEC, Permanent Secretary, Chief of staff to Governor of Abia state for 8 years and a ranking Senator of the federal Republic of Nigeria without blemish, with a so-called, but atrocious B.B Apugo, a private person incapable of holding a public office and whose life has been morally decadent, very fraudulent, oppressive of the poor, depraved, deceitful, evil and against anything good.
“To those who did not know, please know it now, and to those who knew, please confirm that; That B.B Apugo is not only a stark illiterate but a damn primitive man which he showed even in the said interview when he was asked a question in English language on corruption in NDDC, a trending national issue, his answer was T A. Orji in vernacular, with bestial bile totally unrelated to the question asked.
“Prince B.B Apugo’s modus operandi and only reason for being in politics is to confiscate, seize and withhold for private use, large sums of political money and patronage that comes his way. Right from the time of five political parties (five fingers of a leprous hand) of Abacha days, to SDP and NRC, to PDP and APC. Where a former senator brought a truck load of money from Abuja to B B Apugo’s house and he locked the doors and refused to bring out the money for the election. He had done the same thing in GDM, DPN, NRC, APP, ANPP etc, in the past.
“Since the 2rd republic, B.B Apugo has been banned from traveling to the USA, on grounds of fraud and dishonesty. B.B Apugo has consistently committed sacrilege, abomination and defilement of ibeku land by forcibly luring married women away from their husbands and children to live with him. B.B in the 90’s, stood trial for the murder of one Mr Eboh in his village and only escaped death sentence by whiskers and compromise.
“B.B is a specialist in land grab and forcible take over of land from individuals or even government.
All the lockup shops behind Umuahia Township stadium and all the area around central bank and house of Assembly road are typical examples.
As the good people of ibeku get more United to think out ways to add to the developments that Senator T A. Orji, CON, brought to our land as governor, we urge everybody to be wary of B.B Apugo and his antics. We restate that we are now ready for B.B Apugo and we will not hesitate to expose him the more to the world”.
Meanwhile, as at the time of this report, our correspondent could not reach the APC chieftain, Prince Benjamin Benedict Apugo, for his reactions on the claims by the leaders of Ibeku clan.