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Abia Governor: Why I don’t live in the government house

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has revealed that he lives in a 3-bedroom apartment in Aba, Abia state.

He stated this as he spoke with Journalists on Monday, July 26. 

According to the Governor, he chose to live in the decent house facility in Aba away from the Government House in Umuahia because he wanted to be close to the people he serves and have a feel of life outside power. 

He said: “I have spent time in my lodge in Aba. It is a three-bedroom apartment. I don’t know how many governors can reside in this kind of place.

“But I stay here because I want to keep my eyes on the fact that I’m the Governor today, but I will not be the Governor tomorrow.

“I won’t take myself too far away from how I live my life. I will work hard to the point that somebody coming after me will find it difficult to operate unless he is running on this same lane.”

Ikpeazu further said the decision on who succeeds him as Governor in 2023 lies with God. 

This he says is because no one believed he would be Governor in 2015 but God surprised everyone.  

The governor stressed that his desire is that an individual, who would build on his legacies and subsequently perform better than him, emerges as the governor.

“But every man in my position will pray to get a successor who will sustain his legacies and mean well for the people of the state and also do better than he has done.

“I will want to see a successor that has sufficient passion, not self centred and sufficiently humble to create a platform that will engender participation from all kinds of people; the lame, the blind, the youth, the women, the downtrodden and all the people. And for it to happen, I’m trusting and believing in what God can do.

“At all times as a governor, I try to emphasize some virtues and traits that I think we need to grow and to move forward,” he said.

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