By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”THE cordial relationship between Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State and his Deputy, Mr Chris Akomas seems to be cracking, following a face-off between Akomas and the Deputy Chief of Staff, Chief Charles Ogbonnaya, who is a kinsman of the Governor.
Akomas was said to have alleged that the Deputy Chief of Staff, who works directly under him was threatening his life. However, Vanguard couldÂ not get details of the threat.
On account of the alleged threat to his life, Akomas subsequently got the Deputy Chief of Staff arrested and he was said to have been detained at the state police headquarters, Umuahia, for two days before he was taken on bail by the Governorâ€™s son. The Deputy Chief of Staff was allegedly to be about being transferred to Abuja for questioning before reprieve came his way.
However, Governor Orji was said not to be happy with the action of his Deputy,Â for allegedly not informing him of the alleged problem with the Deputy Chief of Staff before ordering his arrest and detention.
â€œThe two politicians actually have developed some cold feet in their relationship but they are trying to manage it so that people will not cash-in on it and undo them, more so now that 2011 general elections is around the corner. It is not uncommon in politics, in fact we will expect more of this as the struggle for 2011 ticket thickens,â€ a source close to Government House, said.
Governor Orji had in the past described his Deputy as the â€œmost loyal Deputy Governor in Nigeria because of his cool handedness and has not shown any sign of disobedience.
â€œThe Deputy Governor is still very loyal to his boss. They have not quarreled and for Akomas to take the action he took, he may have been pushed to the wall. The only slip was not reporting to the Governor, though I donâ€™t know the circumstance the incident took place,â€ another sources said.