A group, Concerned Citizens of Abia, has accused the out-going governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji, of deliberate ploy to impose his son, Chinedum, as the next speaker of the state House of Assembly.
The group in statement by the Secretary, Mr. Kalu Kalu, said the move was already receiving hushed disapproval from the people of Abia, who thought it was yet another ploy by the out-going governor to continue to perpetuate his rulership on the people of Abia, in spite of eight years of under-development and lack of progress.
The group said: “As the “eight Assembly kicks off after the May 29, three returnee lawmakers Humphrey Azubuike, Abia Central; Ikedieze Ezekwesiri; Abia North; and Tony Mezie; Nawubani from Abia Central, are automatically conferred as the ranking lawmakers by the current configuration.”
He explained that “Humphrey Azubike, who is a contender for the position of Speaker is from Isiala Ngwa, is eminently qualified and enjoys the support of most of the lawmakers both in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
“However, in spite of this seniority, the outgoing Abia State governor, Theodore Orji wants to perpetuate himself in office by viciously pushing his son Chinedum Orji, otherwise known as Ikuku (Breeze) by his followers, just to stop the three ranking returnees and to coarse and woo other elected legislators to pick his son as their leader.
“He wants to be shadowing the governor-elect so that he does not give him the kind of treatment he Orji gave his benefactor, Orji Uzor Kalu and he is allegedly cajoling the lawmakers with large financial benefits.”