Â By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”THE new Abia State deputy governor, Chief Eric Acho Nwakanma, was yesterday sworn-in by Justice Uche Enwereji, with Governor Theodore Orji charging him to be loyal and work hard for the people of the state.
Welcoming the new deputy governor, Orji tasked him not to behave like the immediate past deputy, Comrade Chris Akomas,Â who was impeached on August 2, 2010, warning that if he followed the footsteps of his predecessor, â€œyou go the way of the former deputy governor.”Â Â He also warned political office holders to learn a lesson from what happened to his former deputy, Chris Akomas.
Governor Orji disclosed that he chose Nwakanma, who hails from Obingwa council as the impeached deputy governor,Â so that the area would complete the term with him.Â It is on record that Obingwa had produced all the deputy governors since 1999.
According to the governor, with the liberation of Abia State, he now takes charge of all the appointments he is making as no body dictates to him again.
â€œThe deputy governor is coming on board to work for the people. From now on, it is government of the people for the people and by the people. He has sworn to serve the people.
â€œThe need for a new deputy governor arose when the former deputy governor was impeached. Contrary to insinuations, we run a democracy here. the decision to impeach the former deputy governor was entirely that of the House of Assembly. The executive had no hand in it. Let the fate that befeÂ Â Â ll the former deputy governor be a lesson to us.
â€œOur mandate is divine. Any person who wants to undermine us will have himself to blame. We have liberated Abians from the shackles of bondage. Today, I am fully in charge of the state. I stand accountable in the actions of Acho Nwakanma. I nominated him,â€ the governor said.