Immediate past Deputy Chairman of Bende Local Government Area, Promise Okoro said on Friday that Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, was betrayed by those he invested so much on in the just concluded governorship election.
It could be recalled that Dr. Alex Otti of the Labour Party (LP), was declared winner of the Abia governorship election, ending years of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) dominance in the state.
In a statement, Uzoma said what happened to the PDP was internal sabotage, greed, selfishness and insincerity among some critical stakeholders of the party in the state.
He said: “It is very unfortunate that Ikpeazu, who brought every strength needed for the victory of the PDP in the just concluded governorship election was betrayed by those he invested so much in.
“How do you reconcile the fact that in several LGAs, especially in Abia North, the stakeholders were only interested in delivering their House of Assembly candidates, leaving the governorship election in the hands of the LP?
“As a matter of fact, most of the so-called apex leaders in several LGAs were only interested in negotiating with the LP leaders for House of Assembly, especially in Abia North.
“There was no LGA where the PDP put up a strong fight in the governorship election; they were only interested in seeing that their candidates for House of Assembly won, that is pure sabotage.”
He called on those blaming the governor to leave him alone, saying that the Governor cannot perform magic.
Ikpeazu prepared so much for this election but some greedy critical stakeholders betrayed him.
He continued: “Ikpeazu has nothing to lose, history has recorded it for him that he ruled Abia for eight years. Those who sold out their party for the LP can now go ahead and queue behind the LP leadership and be treated as ‘second class.”
Okoro called on the Governor-elect, Otti, to be magnanimous in victory and ignore the advice of desperate politicians who are asking him to start fighting perceived political enemies rather than concentrating on governance.