Give Ogah chance to transform Abia - Supporters

Supporters of Dr. Uche Ogah on Wednesday appealed to his critics to give him the op­portunity to transform Abia State as its governor.

They described as unwarrant­ed the vicious attacks on Ogah and his supporters by some leaders of the state and the state government since the Independent Nation­al Electoral Commission (INEC) presented him a Certificate of Re­turn as Abia State governor.

Ogah’s supporters spoke through a chieftain of the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Smart Ejenonu, who condemned what he called “persecution of those supporting Dr. Uche Ogah.” Chief Ejenonu noted that peo­ple were free to support any candi­date of their choice without fear of intimidation or molestation. He lambasted the Ibeku Con­sultative Forum for disowning Chief Uche Akwukwuegbu who led a group of other titled chiefs and community leaders in the state to endorse Ogah.

Ejenonu wondered why the people of Abia should be forced to support Governor Okezie Ikpeazu when “in fact their choice is Ogah.” The PDP leaders warned against sycophancy and charged the party top shots in the state to stop polarising the party and allow the court to decide on the current stalemate. Ejenonu said he believes Ogah has the magic touch to transform Abia State and should be allowed to assume office in accordance with the ruling of the Abuja High Court that had ordered Ikpeazu to vacate the seat.

He said: “I keep saying that we should tell ourselves the truth and stop deceiving the people. We as a party should deliver on our prom­ises. That is why I said Ogah should be given a chance.
“He is a successful businessman who has showed capacity in manag­ing his multi-billion naira business empire. Abia is a simple entity and he will not have problems in man­aging it. He can even use his mon­ey to fix some of the problems of the state without waiting for allocations from Abuja,” the PDP chieftain said.

Ejenonu also said Ogah would explore his national and interna­tional contacts to attract investors to develop Abia and called on all those opposed to his swearing-in to “stop resisting the will of the people.”

Ibeku elders disown Akwukwue­gbu.
Meanwhile, elders and stake­holders in Ibeku Umuahia, under the aegis of Ibeku Consultative Fo­rum, have disowned the “self-ac­claimed” Traditional Prime Minis­ter of Ibeku Kingdom, Chief Uche Akwukwuegbu, for taking sides with Ogah.

Last week, Akwukwuegbu had read the communiqué issued by tra­ditional prime ministers, commu­nity leaders and titled chiefs from across the state on their endorse­ment of Ogah. The group, which met in Umua­hia, had countered another organ­isation known as Concerned Abia Elders, which met in Abuja and ex­pressed support for Ikpeazu.

Addressing newsmen after its emergency meeting on Wednes­day in Umuahia, the leaders of the Ibeku Consultative Forum, and el­der statesman, Prof. Joshua Ogbon­naya, said Akwukwuegbu lacked the mandate to speak for them, “as he is never our Traditional Prime Minister.” He dissociated Ibeku from Ak­wukwuegbu and his group, saying they are “self- serving and do not have the mandate of the people.

AUTHORITY NEWSPAPER

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