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Kogi State Lawmaker Calls Governor Okezie Ikpeazu A ‘Drunkard’ During Plenary
Kogi State Lawmaker Calls Governor Okezie Ikpeazu A ‘Drunkard’ During Plenary

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It was all dramatic during the Nigerian senate’s plenary session after Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi) called Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State a “drunkard”.

The Kogi lawmaker who contributed to a motion on Safe School Initiative in Nigeria stated that while Abia state is governed by a “champagne drinking man”, some other Governors are working hard to make the lives of residents of their state better.

Adeyemi said this seemingly in response to a social media post allegedly linked to Abia-born Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who attacked Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.

He said;

“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 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.”

Nevertheless after President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan cautioned Adeyemi against insulting the governor, Abaribe expressed shock over the Kogi lawmaker’s comment and called on him to tender an apology to Governor Ikpeazu. He also denied making any comment about Governor Yahaya Bello.

Abaribe 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 comment 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 tagged to me but I don’t talk. The last time I saw Nuhu Ribadu, I also spoke to him. Something was ascribed to him that was very deleterious.

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

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