OrderPaperToday – Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has responded to the comment by Sen. Smart Adeyemi who said “Abia is governed by drunkards.”

The Governor in a press statement signed by Onyebuchi Ememanka, his Chief Press Secretary, said senator Smart needs medical evaluation.

Sen. Smart on Tuesday, while debating a motion in plenary, referred to governor Ikpeazu as a “champagne drinking Governor.”

“Some governors are committed to the protection of their people, in my state the governor awarded contracts for the renovations of schools and provides security services to them. In some states of Nigeria today, where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abia they are governed by drunkards. The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man,” Smart said, adding: “Abia people are impoverished more than ever before. Abia people are unfortunate.”

In the reply, the governor accused the Senator from Kogi of having a mental problem, while running a comparison between Kogi State and Abia State.

The statement also alleged that the attack against Ikpeazu was due to a social media post against Governor Yahya Bello credited to the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

“If Senator Adeyemi was of sound mind, he should have known that when it comes to education, Abia is miles ahead of his home State of Kogi. Indeed, not just in education but in every single area of development.

“If Senator Adeyemi had his faculties intact, he should have known that under the watch of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State has maintained first position in WAEC Examinations in the entire country for five years now. Kogi has not come close to the first 20. Never!

“Ever since Dr. Ikpeazu became Governor in Abia State, there hasn’t been one single case of attack on any school anywhere in Abia State.

“Senator Smart Adeyemi is clearly non compos mentis. If not, he would have known that while his State is still awarding contracts for the renovation of schools, Abia had long completed more than 500 classroom projects scattered across schools in Abia State, and still counting.

“It is obvious that Senator Adeyemi is battling with acute dementia and has lost every of his instincts as a journalist. If not, he would have known that just last week, the National Bureau of Statistics adjudged Abia State as No. 3 on the list of States that attracted foreign direct investments, with only Lagos and Abuja ahead of Abia State in the entire country.

“It takes much more than drinking champagne to guide a state from zero foreign investments to No. 3 in the country. Kogi State featured prominently on the list of states that attracted zero investments. It is only a state that is peaceful and secure that has the capacity to attract such cross border investments.”

The aide to governor Ikpeazu also took a ding at the record of Kogi state government on COVID-19.

“Some weeks ago, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) branded Kogi State unsafe for their consistent lip service to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Smart Adeyemi was never heard to have either responded to that statement by the NCDC or raise it on the floor of the Senate.

“Yet, he has the effrontery, or rather, the buffoonery, to abuse a Governor whose state has maintained one of the lowest COVID-19 fatality rates in the country through proactive measures to protect our people. Between a Governor who has consistently denied the existence of Covid and the one who has put in place measures to protect his people, one wonders who is the drunkard.

“Let us even interrogate the statements of Senator Adeyemi further. According to him, his comments against Governor Okezie Ikpeazu were in response to some comments allegedly made by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe against the Governor of Kogi State in a social media post.

“This response, without more, confirms that Senator Adeyemi is mentally unstable. If Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe made negative comments against the Governor of Kogi State, the proper approach was to respond to the Senator directly. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be vicariously liable for the comments allegedly made by Senator Abaribe.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu does not take alcoholic drinks and he is shocked at the schizophrenic outbursts of Senator Smart Adeyemi whom he has never met nor had any dealings whatsoever with officially nor privately.”

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