Abia state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the recent vandalizing of billboards belonging to former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and other APC chieftains including Chief Benjamin Kalu by suspected Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hired thugs.
In a statement, the state publicity secretary APC, Comrade Ben Godson in condemning the act said it is disheartening that people still indulge in what he described as malignant politics.
“In Abia North, precisely in Bende LGA, billboards belonging to Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, Chief Ben Kalu and others were destroyed by suspected PDP hired thugs. Also in Abia South, Chief Marc Wabara’s billboards were pulled out in the name of tax force. We have tried to reach the tax force chairman and they kept saying he’s in Abuja.
“This is not good politics. Abia does not need this now. People should learn to be politically tolerant. They should allow electorates decide who will lead them. We are in democracy; the election is next year, but they are already restless. They’re jittering at the level of political juggernauts that APC is parading and they chose vandalizing of our billboards”.
He warned that APC would no longer fold her arms and watch miscreants hired by the PDP to continue to vandalize billboards of its members, stressing that the era of politics of intimidation in the state by the PDP was over and for good.
Godson equally condemned the statement credited to a former member of APC, Chief Sam Nkire who is now the Deputy National Chairman of Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) South that Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu will win the governorship election in 2019 due to his laudable projects in the state and that Abia workers and pensioners should exercise patient with the governor that he will soon pay them.
The Abia APC publicity secretary said the APC family in Abia was shocked to read most of the things credited to Nkire since leaving the party and challenged Nkire to publicly come out and tell Abia people what he meant by laudable projects of the present administration.
Godson said if not for what the federal government has been doing in Abia in terms of roads rehabilitation, the state would have been nothing to write home about. He commended the Federal Government whom he said is using the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to turn the state around.
He said: “I don’t know what he meant by laudable projects. Almost all the good projects in Abia are Federal Government projects and some which are being handled by Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC. If that’s what he meant by laudable projects, then kudos should be given to Federal Government. Left for state government Abia will be empty.
“It’s disheartening to hear elders like Chief Nkire condoning starvation of workers and pensioners by the government they are working for. Instead of advising the state governor rightly to pay workers and pensioners he was busy advising hungry and impoverished workers and pensioners to be patient with the governor. What manner of hypocrisy is that?”
Godson warned Nkire to stop making inflammatory statements against APC, saying that it was not for people like Nkire to tell the governor the party to belong to.
According to him, “Nkire advised the governor not to join APC, it is not that we are begging for that, but it should be told Nkire that it is not for him to tell the governor the party to belong to. I make bold to say that the current APC in Abia State is so much blessed with many well respected political juggernauts and Nkire’s advice to Ikpeazu is mere comment aimed at attracting attention from the PDP members he was trying to please.
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“Every serious politician in Abia today is in APC. We have ex governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, We have former Deputy Governor Chris Akomas, Senators Chris Adigije, Bob Nwannunu and Nkechi Nwaogu. We also have former Speakers Stanley Ohajuruka, Martins Azubuike, Agwu U Agwu. We also have eminently qualified Abians like Sir Marc Wabara, Dr. Uche Ogah, Sir Friday Nwosu, Honourable Acho Obioma, and Retired Honourable Justice Imoh. We are ably led by honourable Donatus Nwamkpa. Who else is not with us? Check them and you see how wrong politically illogical his comments are. We are on ground and nothing will stop us from taking over Abia. We wish him well, but let him join a party and advise the governor well.”