By Eric Ugbor
ABAâ€” Abia State government has chided the National Treasurer of Progressive Peoplesâ€™ Alliance, PPA, Dr. Sam Nkire, over a statement credited to him that Governor Theodore Orji had no electoral value.
Special Adviser to the governor on Electronic Media, Ugochukwu Emezue, said Governor Orji was not only an electoral asset, but the man to beat in Abia come 2011.
â€œOrji remains the best choice for Abians in next yearâ€™s election,â€ Emezue said.
He maintained that he was not surprised at the outburst of PPAâ€™s national treasurer, saying Nkire was playing to the gallery all in the name to please his masters.
He said it was â€œthe same Nkire who will call the governor on phone always to rain abuses on the BOT chairman of the crises-ridden PPAÂ that is now playing the â€˜good boyâ€™
â€œIt is obvious that Dr. Nkire is the architect of the misfortune that has befallen PPA since his stock in trade is to destroy party leaders and officials through character assassination.â€
He accused Nkire of orchestrating the exit of his boss and others from the party, stressing that the state chief executive would not be deterred in his resolve to provide dividends of democracy to the people of the state, no matter the distractions from the likes of Nkire.Â Â
Emezue noted that if the governor had no electoral value, many notable lgbo leaders, including Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu and Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, couldnâ€™t have come to Umuahia in person to receive him into APGA.Â Â Â Â
He advised Nkire to concentrate on how to tackle the challenges facing his party instead of dissipating energy over the exit of Governor Orji from PPA.