By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”GOVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia State has said that he would not succumb to what he called â€˜cheap blackmail’ from the opposition, saying that he would rather remain focused in his efforts to develop the state.
According to Governor Orji, the opposition, which is the PDP, has been trying through various means to distract his attention from his programme of developing the state, but vowed to ignore what he called their â€˜desperate antics.â€™
Orji who spoke through his Adviser on Electronic Media, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue, was reacting to statement credited to Chief Henry Ikoh, a PDP chieftain, who had said that the government of Orji has not done well in its two years in office.
Ikoh, who is working to run for the governorship of Abia State had enumerated some sector of the economy and gave the Orji administration very low mark.
But reacting to Ikohâ€™s position, Emezue described it as â€œa cheap blackmail and intimidation,” saying that the Governor would not succumb to them. According to him, the Governor is doing well and that â€œ1000 Ikohs will not stop him from getting a second termâ€ in the state.
Defending the Governor on the issues raised by Ikoh, Emezue said that the Alaoma Hospital is owned by the Abia State government and not Governor Orji. He also said that the Governor was working hard to ensure that the state television which has been off air for some months resumes operation. Emezue also said that the Governor had intensified efforts to the development of infrastructure in Aba, the stateâ€™s commercial nerve centre.