Former governor of Abia State and the Senator representing Abia Central, Senator Theodore Orji, has declared that it is a risky adventure for anyone to fight an incumbent governor. The ex governor who made this declaration while giving his score card in Umuahia, said any fight against an incumbent governor would amount to efforts in futility because of the enormous power at the disposal of governors.
Orji who spoke against the background that some political forces were working against the success of the current administration in the state cautioned against such actions saying it will always backfire.
He warned the detractors of the incumbent Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu to retrace their steps and stop taking his calmness and gentle disposition for granted.
“You can’t fight a sitting governor and succeed because he has many arsenals to use against you, and if he unleashes them you cannot survive,” Orji said.
He however, thanked God that Abia State governors are not as brutal as some power-drunks who hardly tolerate the opposition but advised against disparaging the office of the governor as some detractors derive pleasure in doing.
Orji solicited the continued support of Abians for Ikpeazu who he said was overwhelmingly elected by the people during the 2015 elections.
“Support the incumbent governor because we all corporately made him. You created him and you don’t destroy what you have made”, he urged.
Orji who said he had given good account of himself within his short stay at the senate enumerated some of his achievements to include: sponsorship of eight bills now at various stages of passage, and erosion control at Emede Ibeku and Umueze.
Others were road construction and installation of electricity transformers at Ahiaeke, Nvosi, Ikwuano as well as water bore holes at Osisioma .
He promised never to relent in delivering tangible projects to his constituency.
On the fortunes of the embattled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 general polls, Orji urged the party faithful in the state to stay put in PDP and resist the temptation of defecting to other parties.
He predicted that PDP would bounce back as Nigeria’s leading party before the next general election.
The former governor said Nigerians are earnestly waiting to vote PDP back as the national ruling party come 2019 and urged members of the party to remain united behind the leadership of the party.
“ Don’t run to other parties making noise here and there. PDP will come back stronger and better organised. If you run to other parties you will only go there to join a long queue,” he stated.