By Nwabueze Okonkwo
UMUAHIA—The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has said that he is not bothered about the 2019 governorship election now, because his work will speak for him when the time comes.
The governor said this while answering questions from journalists in Government House Umuahia, after the inspection of projects his administration has done in the state by the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
Ikpeazu stressed that he is focused on the mandate he is holding in trust for Abia citizens.
His words: ”As for 2019, my work will speak for me. I am focused on that assignment and will continue to work. We are not election politicians, we are politicians that are concerned with the delivery of democracy dividends. In fact, if it were possible to find me on site on that election day, you will find me on site. Let the people judge for themselves and talk about who they want, if they decide, if it is there wish, who am I to say no!
”In the first place, its been three years running and we have been focused on the assignment before us. From the onset, we had a proper understanding of our job, proper description of our assignment and we went for the job immediately.
”We didn’t feel like starting with too much of noise making. One other thing that features today is that right there inside the vehicle, we were looking at some snippets from my inaugural speech and trying to match them with some of the things we are doing.
”Certainly, we have not done everything but I’m pleased and happy that we are on course. Most of the things we have delivered were captured in my inaugural speech. And I am pleasantly surprised that we remained focused despite all odds.
“So this tour is my way of saying that action speaks louder than voice, it is for the whole world to come and see what we are doing.”
And pass their judgement themselves. I think the story of our performance in office is better told by those who have come, than by us. And particularly I am happy with the presence of the National Chairman of our party and members of the NWC.h Governor Ikpeazu said.
Speaking, the PDP Chairman, Prince Secondus, described Governor Ikpeazu as a performer, silent achiever, and a prudent finance manager.
He said, gGovernor Okezie Ikpeazu is a silent achiever, and a performer. This man has achieved the best for his people.
gWe went on tour to various projects done by Abia State Government. The most interesting is the erosion control work at Umuda-Isingwu in Umuahia, I think the technology there is the latest technology in the world. I believe that solution has been provided by the government of Abia State to various infrastructure issues.
gMy surprise is that Abia State is one of the states that gets the least revenue, but with the number of projects I have seen today it is overwhelming. Which means that the governor is working. He has performed very well and prudently too. Abia governor is a silent achiever and he has achieved so much for his people. He has delivered the desired goals through projects.h
Sounding as if he was going nuts, Joshua further barked: “I’ve gone beyond this stage and I expect you people to know that. In fact, from the way you people are trying to subject me to psychological trauma, I am beginning to think whether you people are competent enough to handle this case”.
The prosecution counsel, Muojeke reminded the court that the defendant had initially pleaded guilty to the charge, adding that the prosecution had almost closed her case because Joshua’s mother, Peace Ezirim, his younger brother, Chimdike Ezirim, the Investigating Police Officer, IPO, from Fegge Police Division, Sergeant Okwudili Ugwu and Dr. Okwusogu a medical expert attached to Onitsha General Hospital who performed the autopsy on the slain Sampson Ezirim, had in their separate evidences as prosecution witnesses, testified that the defendant killed his father with knife.
Muojeke also referred to the statement made by the defendant to the police where he stated that he read marketing in the university and graduated in 2008, adding that his father suggested to him to learn plumbing materials business which he did and on completing the apprenticeship, he demanded a certain amount of money from his father to open his own plumbing materials business but he refused and in an exchange of words, he used the kitchen knife against his father, which led to his death.
But the defence counsel, Ede insisted that although the defendant had already in his first plea, pleaded guilty to the offence, the onus lies on the ability of the prosecution to prove their case against him beyond all reasonable doubts for the court to convict him for such an offence which carries capital punishment.
The presiding Judge, Justice Ike Ogu adjourned the case to March 5, this year to enable the defendant and his witnesses commence their evidences.