Ikpeazu Debunks Signing Pact With Orji
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ikpeazu Debunks, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has denied signing any a secret pact with Governor Theodore Orji that may see him repay Orji in monetary terms if elected.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Ikpeazu said that rather, the pact he has is with the people of Abia to give them hope and reposition the state to compete with other states.
“I have not signed anything, nobody has made that proposal to me and nobody will do it because I am a person of modest means and a lot of things do not appeal to me,” he said.
Speaking on his emergence as the party’s flag bearer in the forthcoming April 11 gubernatorial election, the lecturer-turned-politician acknowledged the role played by Governor Orji, but submitted that ultimately, it was the handiwork of God and the people of Abia state.
“Governor Orji played a role in my nomination as PDP flag bearer and he didn’t ask for money from me to do that. If he wanted money, I wouldn’t have been an option because I don’t have money to offer anybody.
“One of the candidates contesting the election with me, who was an aspirant in PDP, offered N3billion to Governor Orji, but the governor said no, and said that equity and justice must be done.
“So, my emergence as candidate is not about money; this is about what God wants to do. For the first time in the history of our state, an ordinary lecturer, a common man like me, from Ngwa, is emerging to become Governor,” Ikpeazu stated.
He added that it was members of Aba Landlord Association that recommended him to the governor and the PDP in the state when he was serving as Deputy General Manager of the Abia State Environenmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) in charge of Aba.
Ikpeazu also used the occasion to speak on his preparedness to tackle the challenges of Aba. He stressed that he was ready to step on toes if that is what it will take to get Aba right and reposition Abia State.
“Our vision is to make Abia State the premier destination in Nigeria, West and Central Africa for investors, traders, shoppers, workers and tourists. I am therefore calling on all Abia people to give me the maximum support and votes so that we will actualise our dreams for the State,” Ikpeazu said.
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