Governor Orji and the haters of Abia
SIR: Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji of Abia State is an enigma, no matter what the likes of Ferdinand Ekeoma, Ebere Wabara and co. are writing in praise of Alex Otti, the phony candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Ferdinand Ekeoma lied again in an article titled “Otti and Misplaced Aggression of Abia Oppressors” published on page 20 of our revered The Guardian of March 3, 2015.
Just a fortnight, from the propaganda mill, traducers like these persons circulated an impish story that Governor Orji was pelted and booed during the burial of pioneer Catholic Bishop of Aba, late Bishop Vincent Valentine Ezeonyia; a story that the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, had condemned in its entirety and described as hostile attitude of detractors.
We can see those who are the real haters of our state. They are the hack writers who sit in the comfort of their hired hotel rooms to dish out malicious stories that never happened around Governor Orji, an innocent man. However, there will never be a comparison between Governor Orji and Otti, because Ochendo as he is fondly called by his admirers, is in class of his own. Governor Orji stands tall, while Otti is gasping for the breath. It was Governor Orji who awakened the political consciousness of our people, and not whoever. He was the man who killed godfatherism in the state and has vowed against its resurgence.
To be frank, Governor Orji is held in high esteem and loved by the populace. His impeccable records in the issue of governance speak for him. He has also achieved huge success for Abia State. Governor Orji is a responsible leader whose leadership is also responsible. The governor took the Abia project as that of the people and has done creditably well in governance.
It is as a result of the foresightedness of the governor that power must shift to the Ukwa/Ngwa area that Abia people have vowed that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be re-elected in the 2015 elections. And the person that is to be elected is no other person than Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (PhD), the amiable and humble candidate of the party, who has been tested and trusted in all ramifications.
Ekeoma lied in an article he circulated recently where he said, “The latest desperate but uncivilized acts of violence is the threatening of traders with seizure of their shops should they fail to vote for the candidate being projected by T.A. Orji, while Keke operators and commercial bus drivers with Dr. Otti’s posters and stickers on their tricycles and vehicles are beaten up and forced to remove such posters…”
It is the duty of the people to sieve the chaff from the wheat. If the governor was desperate like Otti in the context, he would not have given any of the gubernatorial candidates a soft ground to campaign. But they are free, going about their campaigns in the cities and villages of Abia State without any iota of molestations. But here are haters of Abia State fielding the world with lies that the governor is tyrannical. It is not true!
The government has also not destroyed campaign facilities and materials of Otti.
Governor Orji will not stop to crusade about the change he has started in Abia State. He is a good man and will be remembered for this, when his tenure as governor elapsed.
• Madubuko Hart, Lagos