A member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Benedict Benjamin Apugo has finally spoken on why the Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu paid him a visit last week.
The visit which sparked a lot of controversy online, as why Ikpeazu should visit him, knowing fully well that Prince Apugo and Chief T.A Orji, his predecessor is not in good term.
Recall that Chief Orji, a member of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Abia State governor has been tagged as the person who made Ikpeazu governor, and therefore Ikpeazu visiting Orji’s enemy might be seen as a betrayal, but Prince Apugo thrown more light on why the governor paid him a visit.
Apugo told Daily Sun that; “Last week Thursday was the first time Ikpeazu was visiting since he became the governor. So, he is our governor and I use this opportunity to congratulate him for his victory even though it was Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) internal matter, but it is victory and I congratulate him for that.
“I am an Abia indigene. You see sometimes our people don’t know how to play politics, for the fact that people belong to different political parties should not make them enemies. But because of the selfish posture of certain people that have managed Abia politics, that is why it looked like heaven fell down when Gov Okezie Ikpeazu came to pay me a courtesy call.
Reacting on if the visit came very late, since it’s 2017, while Ikpeazu became governor in 2015, Apugo said; “People might see the visit came very, very late, but the fact remains he visited and I have accepted him.
“I accepted him because he is not TA Orji’s governor; he is governor for all Abians. Like I have always said, within this period he is governor of Abia State, he should use it to answer his name which is Ikpeazu, not TA Orji because I believe he has been answering the name of his predecessor. He (Ikpeazu) is a young man who should have his name immortalised for what he will do in Abia State.
“If he wants to immortalise his name, like I told him when he visited me, he should work for Abia people and forget about using Abia money to give T.A Orji as a way of paying him back for facilitating his election. I am repeating it; he should use such money to develop Abia state instead of sharing it out to people who do not mean well for the state.
“We cannot develop Abia without an outlet and the easiest outlet Abia should have is the Airport, whether it is cargo or airstrip where somebody can fly from Abuja or Lagos and land, go round Abia and see places to enable him or her decide on the type of investment he would want to invest in, in the state.
“I advised the governor on job creation and also on the need to develop our tourist sites that will enable people to visit Abia state because nobody is coming here; the immediate past governor, T.A Orji killed this state. Nobody comes to Abia state and if people don’t come, how would they know that there is a place call Abia state? I advised him on these and I believe very strongly will do something about them.
When asked if governor Ikpeazu’s visit has anything to do with joining APC, he said; “If the governor wants to join APC he is free to join. APC is a political party that anybody can join and a lot of people are joining now. But when we say people are free to join APC, not people like T.A Orji because he is a political liability and will remain perpetually so.
APC will make it in 2019. If Ikpeazu wants to join my party, like I said earlier, he is free, in fact everybody is free except the person I told you earlier is a political liability and everybody knows that. But if it is PDP, forget about that because it cannot win even council election.
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