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Abia people unfortunate to have ‘champagne drinking’ Ikpeazu as governor — Smart Adeyemi

MOST Nigerians yesterday could not believe their eyes  as the Senator representing, Kogi West District, Smart Adeyemi, launched a verbal attack on the personality  of Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu on the floor of the upper chamber.

The lawmakers had been taking turns to speak on the  $20b Safe Schools initiatives Fund but when Adeyemi took the floor he suddenly launched a verbal assault on Ikpeazu by referring to him as a “champaign drinking man” who is also a “drunk”

Though there was no basis for the uncomplimentary remarks as far as the parliamentary proceedings of the day were concerned, there were insinuations that he was likely reacting to a social media post that had cast an aspersion on Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello linked to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who represents Abia South.

However, Abaribe expressed surprise at Adeyemi’s outburst denying ever making the statement in question.

Adeyemi had said that while some Governors like Bello were committed to the welfare and protection of their people, the people of Abia are being governed by ‘drunkards.’

His words: “Despite that some Governors are doing their best, we are lucky to have a governor who has taken the issue of security as a serious priority.

“We are bordered by nine states but we had an experience of the unfortunate incidents that are happening in neighbouring states.

“Some governors are committed to the protection of their people. In my state, the governor awarded contracts for the renovations of schools and provides security services to them.

“In some states of Nigeria today, where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abia, they are governed by drunkards. The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man.

“Abia people are impoverished more than ever before. Abia people are unfortunate.”

At this point, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautioned him against the use of unparliamentary language.

Abaribe however expressed surprise over Adeyemi’s comment and urged his colleague to apologise to Ikpeazu.

He said: “Mr President, I will like to make a clarification. Unfortunately, what has happened here today is one of the problems that you see on social media. I never made any comments on the governor of Kogi State. Never.

“What has happened is what we see going on today. People write something and tag your name to it. And if you don’t ask question, you will not know whether you actually said it or not.

“And I see so many things tag to me but I don’t talk. The last time I saw Nuhu Ribadu, I also spoke to him. Something was tag to his name that was very deleterious.

“I’m very surprised that my good friend and colleague decided to open up on the governor of Abia for something I never said.”

Lawan noted the “air has now been cleared” and enjoined Senator Abaribe to address the motion on the floor.

Abaribe agreed with Lawan but insisted that Adeyemi must apologise to Abia Governor “for the very bad statement he made that had no basis.”

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