The current leadership crisis in Abia State recently took another turn as the State House of Assembly insisted that the only recognize the current governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, following the political impasse arising from the judgment of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja against the Governor.
The vote, taken after a motion moved by the member representing Obingwa West State Constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions, Hon. Thomos Nkoro, is said to have become necessary in view of the confusion that had enveloped the state since the court ruling.
Hon. Nkoro frowned at the conflicting reports emanating from the media and the consequent bandwagon effect, saying “it has instilled fear in investors and Abians in general”.
He then moved “a motion of implicit confidence on Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D., and the entire Government of Abia”.
In separate contributions, members representing Bende North constituency and the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Cosmos Ndukwe; Isiala Ngwa South, Hon. Barr. Chukwendu Kanu; Umuahia East, Hon. Chukwudi Apugo; and Obingwa East, Hon. Solomon Akpulonu enjoined all those involved in the litigation to let go personal interest and consider the overall wellbeing of Abians.
They appealed to the parties to leverage on the governor’s good performance in the last one year to support him with brilliant ideas, while also calling on them to bring their business to the state, with the aim to move it forward.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Martins Azubuike, appealed to investors in the state, to carry on with their businesses, reiterating that the House would make sure their businesses were not under any form of threat.
He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to douse the situation, saying that the state would abide by the rulings of the court when all the issues before it were finally concluded.