A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State, Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh, has decried a report by a national newspaper (name withheld) to the effect that Senator Theodore Orji, a former governor of the state, was pelted with sachet water and pebbles at a burial ceremony last weekend.
Ikoh, a former commissioner for industry, science and technology, Abia State, said he found the report misleading, particularly when he witnessed the ceremony to the end, wondering why a medium that should be a guiding light decided to dish out outright falsehood to the reading public.
In a statement, which he signed, he said: “My attention has been drawn to a publication of 1ST July, 2017 by a national newspaper, where it was alleged that sachet water and stones were thrown at the Distinguished Senator T.A. Orji during the burial ceremony of the late Dr. Elekwachi James Chigoziem Nwaogbo at Ntalakwu, Oboro.
“The people of Ikwuano LGA in particular and Abians in general see the published falsehood as an affront on their sensibilities. The misleading report flies in the face of professionalism and the practice of journalism that demands credibility, fairness and objectivity. And we make bold to refute that blatant lie and to urge the author of the false report and the organisation that went out to deceive the reading public to tender an unreserved apology to the Distinguished Senator, T.A. Orji, who is unarguably the father of modern Abia State.”
He further said: “Let me unequivocally state that the publication was a blatant lie and figment of the writer’s own imagination. It was a publication aimed to sore some cheap political point. I was present at the occasion as indigene of Oboro Clan in Ikwuano LGA and as well witnessed the burial processes until the deceased was interred.
“Contrary to the report, even when there was a hate speech by a former governor of Abia State, but when Senator T.A. Orji mounted the rostrum to give his own speech, there were cheers from the audience with thunderous shout of ‘Ochendo’. T.A.Orji told Abians that he stopped idolatry and swearing to the deities before anybody would assume a political office in the state.
“Needless to say, the distinguished senator is held in high esteem as a leader of high repute who has considered Ikwuano in all his developmental projects, programmes and empowerments. He exhibited exemplary leadership as a governor and now as a senator.”
Ikoh explained that no part of Abia State would consider the senator an enemy to the point of contemplating to pelt him with sachet water going by his legacies across the state.
“Before his arrival as governor, Abia State was a mere glorified village without visible infrastructural development, but by the end of his eight years in the saddle, every Abian became proud to be called an Abian. In addition to the massive infrastructural development, provision of social amenities and human capital transformation, Senator T.A. Orji actually brought Abia State back to God when the vestiges of evil worship, demonic manipulations and satanic enclaves were jettisoned as prerequisite to access political appointments, he said.
“His Excellency, the former governor of Abia State, T.A.Orji has re-written the history of Abia State when he worked tirelessly to ensure that the sacred principles of equity and justice were implemented which has resulted in Abia south having a shot at the governorship seat of the state,” he said.
Seyi John Salau