Chucks Muokwe, Umuahia
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has described the plot to unseat him as an attempted coup d’etat in a democracy and vowed to fight to protect his mandate.
He spoke Monday when he received members of the Abia State Executive Council who paid him a solidarity visit, at Government House, Umuahia.
The Governor wondered how someone who never stood for an election would seek to become governor through the back door.
“The plot to remove me as governor, was a coup d’etat. I can’t imagine that somebody who never contested an election, is seeking to be made a governor through the back door. I can’t understand the rush by INEC to issue Uche Ogah with a Certificate of Return. I also can’t comprehend the rush to swear him in.
“Are you telling me that I don’t have a right to appeal a judgment against me? Or are you telling me that if it was a death sentence, I should be killed before appealing? The truth is that it goes beyond the issue of tax. I want to appeal to our Igbo brothers to see politics as a game of a winner and a loser. They should not bring the mercantile business style into politics. It won’t help us”, he said.
Governor Ikpeazu assured his commissioners that he was not bothered by the judgment as he has absolute confidence in the judiciary to do justice on the matter.
The governor pointed out that his story as a public servant in the state is well known to Abians and that as a public servant his tax was deducted by the appropriate authorities.
Governor Ikpeazu used the forum to call on businessmen in politics to jettison the mercantile attitude of business and not see politics a do-or-die game.
Earlier in his speech on behalf of the Executive Council members, the Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku, explained that their visit was to show solidarity to the governor over the current political situation in the state, assuring him that they were together with him in this trial period.
According to him, their various ministries will interpret and carry out the governor’s dreams and promised that the distractions will not deter them from achieving their goal.