Abia former deputy gov, Akomas lauds Orji for implementing charter of equity
. Gives reasons he wants to retire Ikpeazu in 2019
By Steve Oko
Former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Comrade Chris Akomas has lauded his enstraged boss, Senator Theodore Orji for his courage to implement the Abia charter of equity by ceding power to Abia South in 2015.
Akomas who served as Deputy during Orji ‘s first tenure was impeached by the state House of Assembly for alleged gross misconduct but he later went to court to upturn his impeachment saying he had honourably resigned before the action of the lawmakers.
Akomas who spoke to journalists in his Nenu Obingwa country home yesterday noted that but for Orji’s magnanimity the Ngwa nation desire to produce Abia Governor would have remained a mirage till today.
” If I have the opportunity I will confer on T. A Orji the best friend of Ndi Ngwa because he did for us what nobody had done for us “, he said.
Akomas who hails from the same Obingwa with Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu however, said Ikpeazu should retire after his first tenure in 2019.
” Ikpeazu is doing our first term under PDP , Akomas will complete the second term under APC and hand over power to another zone “, he said.
” What I will do in four years will be so indelible that I can’t be easily forgotten. I am contesting to win and be sworn in. People should not think somebody is sponsoring me. I am Akomas, and I am in the race not as somebody’s crony “.
The former Deputy Governor who acknowledged that the implementation of Abia charter of equity was the reason for the prevailing peace in the state, gave the credit to Sen Orji.
He however commended Ikpeazu’s efforts in promoting made in Aba products but noted that much still has to be done in that direction.
Akomas said the major challenge of the state is lack of economic roadmap for sustainable development.
He said that administrations in the state embarked on ad-hoc and fire brigade approach because the state has no laid down economic blueblueprint defining direction for developments.
The former Deputy Governor said he had also acquired a lot of experience to bring to bare if given the opportunity.
“I have a lot to offer and a lot I can do to move Abia forward and make it a better state “, he said.
Akomas also declared : “I want to be governor so I can have executive powers to get things done.
” I want to open avenues of revenue that abound in the state and make Aba the great commercial capital it is meant to be.
” I want to make Umuahia a befitting state capital. I want to be remembered for legacies like the late Dr. Micheal Okpara who revolutionalised agriculture in Eastern Nigeria “.
He said if elected as Governor, he would vigorously pursue the full realisation of Abia In-land port at Isiala Ngwa North which he facilitated as Deputy Governor.
According to him the port over 70 companies will be operating in the port when fully developed, adding that the multiplier effect in terms of job creation would be enormous.
Akomas said he would serve for only one tenure if elected as Governor in 2019.
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