The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has taken a swipe at Senator Smart Adeyemi who recently called him a drunkard.
Ikpeazu, who was a special guest of honour at a book presentation titled “Made in Aba” written by Senator Enyinayya Abaribe seized the moment to say he doesn’t drink at all and will.
“I’ll wish to volunteer for the first time, for those who would think that the man coming behind the microphone to talk as governor of Abia state is a drunkard, permit me to say I don’t drink at all and I don’t begrudge those that drink”
“In other places, in countries that have less issues, they discuss big issues of security, issues of economic/infrastructural growth. They don’t speak about what people do or what people don’t do.
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“For us leaders, it’s a calling to lead and also to be a mentor. The things you say and how you carry your self, and the time you say they speak a lot about how critical as a person. That would be the size of my response.
I will end by borrowing in his book: If a mad man picks your clothes while you are bathing, dress up and you run after him naked, people won’t know the difference between the 2 of you”.
Speaking on the ebook, the governor stated “Made in Aba” shows the tenacity and never say die spirit that Aba represents and that encapsulates the spirit of Senator Abaribe.
“Aba just isn’t intimidated by anything – figure, size. That is why we’re better traders than Lebanese and we produce anything that China can produce”.
Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State and Vice Presidential candidate to Atiku Abubakar within the 2019 elections stated Abaribe represents “courage, speaking to power”, adding that he knows what such people go through due to their principled position.