Give Ogah chance to transform Abia - Supporters
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.
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.