Senator Theodore Orji has vowed that he would never indulge in playing the role of godfather to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, saying that it is a recipe for crisis.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday in Umuahia, the former governor explained that the bad experience he had during his first tenure in office actually informed his decision not to be counted among those that bask in being seen as political godfathers.
“I have kept my promise not to be overbearing on my successor. I don’t want him to have the experience I had,” he said, adding that he would strictly limit himself to giving advice whenever the governor deems it fit to seek his opinion on any issue.
According to Senator Orji, the success or failure of Ikpeazu would surely “bounce back on me” given that he was largely instrumental to the making of the present governor.
Orji, who represents Abia Central in the Senate, has continued to enjoy big accolade for keeping his promise of power shift to Abia South zone by not only ensuring that the governorship flag-bearer of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged from Ukwa/Ngwa, he also worked doggedly for his election.
For this singular political feat of keeping his word of implementing the rather contentious charter of equity the Ngwa component of Abia Central on Easter Monday honoured him with a chieftaincy title of Ofuruiche I of Igboland (unique person in Igboland).