Former Minister of Labour and Productivity and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Emeka Wogu has said that Abia Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu was handpicked in 2015 by immediate past predecessor, Chief T A Orji to cover his records of misrule in office.
Wogu, who queried Ikpeazu’s qualification to have emerged as governor in 2015 said the Abia governor was never the choice of Abia South Senatorial Zone and qualified than other aspirants.
The former minister, who participated in the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014 which controversially produced Ikpeazu as the party’s candidate, said that the tag of zoning to the emergence of Ikpeazu as governor was untrue.
Speaking to APC leaders and candidates in Abia South led by Sir Marc Wabara, the party’s Senatorial candidate in Abia South who came to pay him a courtesy visit and seek his support in the forthcoming elections, Wogu said his zone, Abia South was yet to produce governor because Ikpeazu was not what the people wanted but T.A. Orji’s choice.
He said: “If they had allowed us to choose who will be our governor from Abia South, I’m sure someone else outside the incumbent would have emerged. I say this without any disrespect to the current governor that most of us in that race for governor in 2014 primaries were more qualified than him. Myself, Sir Marc Wabara, Senator Abaribe, Amb. Okey Emuchay, Acho Nwakamma and Friday Nwosu were very much eminently qualified than the governor.
“If you had zoned this thing to us, allow us to choose who will represent us, but that was not the case. There’s nothing like zonning in Abia. That word only came to be in my sitting room in Abuja when TA Orji was governor and they were sharing kolanut and it got to me last and I said that the kola has made a traditional journey and therefore, the next governor will come from Abia South. That’s how that world came to be. There’s nothing like zonning.
“Dr. Orji Uzor-Kalu, my boss handed over to the man he trusted can move the state forward, but the man disappointed. That man called T.A. Orji committed too many misgovernance that he needed someone to cover his track and that was why he brought Okezie Ikpeazu. Ikpeazu is never a product of zoning. He is a product of ‘I dash you governor.”
“At the appropriate time, Abia South will produce our governor, but for now our APC candidate, Dr. Uche Ogah will win. Let it be on record that Abia South has not produced our own governor.”
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