The Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly and member representing Umuahia central constituency, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji has insisted that him and his father, Senator Theodore Orji are not dictating for Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
Hon. Orji who spoke during an interview with select journalists in Umuahia, decried continuous campaign of calumny and propaganda being launched against his father by disgruntled elements which he said, are benefiting from sowing sees of discord among leaders of the State.
The Speaker maintained that Senator Orji and himself has cordial relationship with Governor Ikpeazu and berated the fruitless efforts of unscrupulous individuals to incite the Abia helmsman against his family by creating non existent stories.
According to Orji, my father had conscience to realise that his predecessor, the former governor, played a great role in him becoming the governor, but people were hell bent on causing problem so that they can be rich.
The Speaker reiterated his supports and loyalty and other members of the house to Ikpeazu-led government as he maintained that the Governor has further consolidated the standard of governance through his massive and people’s oriented projects across the local government areas of the State.
He however vowed never to allow the antics of the opposition to deter him as he is unrelenting in continuly provides dividends of democracy to the door steps of his constitutents and Abians in general.
The PDP lawmaker said partly, “the present governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, look like someone you can control? I will tell that the answer is no. The problem that most people have is that they don’t have conscience. The man has conscience. They are still trying that today, but Ikpeazu has refused because he has conscience. How do you control a governor? Is it by writing the list of his commissioners for him or by appointing TC chairmen for him or you control a governor in the award of contracts? Go and check those three things. Do I tell the governor whom to make chairman of Obingwa Local Government? Do I tell him whom to make chairman of Umunneochi Local Government? The fact is that I have a lot of friends here and the same people that are my friends are also friends of the governor. If they happen to be picked to become something, people will say it is me. Of course, I will take it; after all, who doesn’t like to take credit for good things? If you say I am controlling the governor, it is not true. I respect him a lot because for a man to have conscience, is the best thing to do. I cannot come and start dictating to a sitting governor. What I do is that I plead and I request. Based on the conscience he has, he could oblige or say no”.