Former Abia State Governor and the representative of Abia Central Senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Theodore Orji, has frowned at the comments of the Kogi West Senator, Smart Adeyemi on the person of Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu on the floor of the Senate.
Senator Smart Adeyemi representing Kogi West district had called Ikpeazu a, ”Champagne drinking” governor.
The lawmaker who made the remark while contributing to a motion on the Safe School Initiative in Nigeria on the floor of the Senate, had said Abia State was being governed by drunkards.
Adeyemi said while some governors were committed to the welfare and protection of their people, Abia was ravaging in poverty.
Reacting, Senator Theodore Orji, in a statement made available to journalists by his Chief Liaison Officer, Mr. Ifeanyi Umere, on Thursday, insisted that the Kogi Senator must apologize to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and the people of the State.
The federal lawmaker regretted that a man like Smart Adeyemi could go out of ”esteem indecorous of a Senator and vocalize such uncouthness on the governor of Abia State without let or hindrance.
Senator Orji stated that Governor Ikpeazu has distinguished himself as a true leader with people’s oriented projects executed and commissioned in many parts of the State by his administration.
He said Ikpeazu-led administration has made Abia an investment heaven for foreign and local manufacturers.
The ex-Abia Governor, therefore, demanded that Senator Smart Adeyemi should retract his derogatory remarks on the floor of the Senate, and in major national newspapers.
The statement partly read, “that he tenders well worded apology to the Governor and people of Abia without delay.
“That Smart Adeyemi extends his compunction to All Abians who elected Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu back to back on two consecutive tenures as Governor of Abia State. An office Smart Adeyemi has never occupied or sought to occupy as to know or feel the enormity of dignity and profundity of carriage which the office of the Governor conveys in his uncouthness.
“Abia citizens have been scorned in the face, hence Senator Smart Adeyemi must crawl on his knees in utmost penitence, confession and court the forgiveness of all Abians for daring to insult Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, a man with whom we are well pleased”.