By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”A PDP chieftain in Abia State, Chief Benjamin Apugo has dismissed the idea of the National Assembly creating new states. He admonished the federal lawmakers to stop deceiving Nigerians with the promise of creating new states.
According to Apugo, much as there is great need for more states, especially for the South East, theÂ time is not now.
Apugo who was reacting to agitations for the creation of an additional state from the present Abia State, urged the people agitating for the Aba State to focus their energy on the development of the present AbiaÂ State for now.
Apugo also lashed out at the Senator Ike Nwachukwu Peace Committee of PDP, saying that the committee had embarked on selective justice.Â Apugo accused the committee of insincerity and selective judgment.
â€œWell, you know that there are things that are impossible. For now, thatÂ (creation of Aba State) is impossible. People should not be disturbing themselves. Let us join hands to develop one Abia State. Ngwa people should all join hands and develop Abia State. Every time they deceive their people, take money from everybody. They should forget about that for now.
When the time comes and it is clear that the government of Nigeria will create more states, if they create Abia into another 30 states, will we lose anything? I donâ€™t think so. But for now, nobody should be deceiving others on the creation of a new state, including the National Assembly, because they know they are not going to create additional states for now.
â€œSo they should tell Nigerians the truth. Everything is not Ghana-Must-Go. They know that they canâ€™t create states now,â€ Apugo added.
On the Ike nwachukwu Peace Committee, he said he could not understand why the Committee refused to visit Abia State, depites a petition lodged with them. The party chieftain restated that there is no peace in Abia PDP and warned that if it was not attended to early enough, it may backfire when the time of â€œreckoning comes,â€
He warned that the party should not take for granted that because the National Chairman of the party is from the state, therefore there is peace, saying â€œthe time of reckoning will soon come and the Ike Nwachukwu committee will know that they deceived themselves.”