Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has earned a notorious reputation in the Southeast. Not only has he been ranked as one of the worst Governors to ever rule Abia state, but he has also been ranked as one of the Governors who contributed to the downfall of the state.
In a detailed report made against him by a reputable media source, he used the campaign of Made in Aba products to fund a string of secret companies in China which he used to launder funds through his fraudulent aides which is why he has no control over some of his Ngwa aides especially those from Obingwa.
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It has also been reported that his Obingwa aides have made a huge fortune from the fraudulent deals and have acquired choice properties all over Aba and Umuahia which has all been supervised by Governor Ikpeazu himself.
Even his junketing all over Europe and the Americas in search of foreign investors was all “a mere jamboree to fritter away Abia’s meagre resources” since no foreign dollar has been invested in Abia all through his tenure.
He has also been accused of running a Government of nepotism to the detriment of the entire people of the state. Even the so-called projects which he promised to handle in his second tenure have all turned out to be a farce.
The construction of Obikabia-Umuobiakwa-Ururuka Road has been left unattended to for years, the proposed Enyimba Economic City, the non-existent Abia Shoe factory, the all-round deplorable roads in Abia, the destroyed and abandoned Abiriba-Nkporo road and the neglect of the two Ukwa East and Ukwa West LGAs as well as the oil-producing communities of Abia State.
Also, Ikpeazu’s Government has been ridiculed with contracts inflation and money laundering from all sectors of the Government. Despite the fact that he owes many months salary arrears to Abia state civil service workers, pensioners, and school teachers which has turned many public schools into markets, hemp smoking centers with some looking more like IDP Camps in war zones.
A visit to Ukwa axis of Abia, where all the oil-producing communities are situated shows how the indigenes are wallowing in poverty while sitting on wealth.
In all, it’s better not to use the bad democracy in Abia as led by the PDP to define democracy generally.
Abians are urged to remain hopeful because it is unfortunate that Ikpeazu’s failures have given credence to earlier positions that the Governor was never prepared for Governance but was hurriedly packaged as a stooge by the immediate past Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, and his family.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK