Onyebuchi Ememanka, the press secretary general of the governor of Abia state, described comments by Smart Adeyemi, a senator representing Kogi West, seem to lack coherence.
While contributing to the Senate debate on Tuesday, Adeyemi challenged the scene when described Ikpeazu as a “champagne-drinking man” and praised Yahay Bello, Governor Kogi, for his “good performance”.
The senator said that Abia has extremely intelligent people, but the country is run by “drunks”.
In a statement, the governor’s aide said that Ikpeazu “does not take alcoholic beverages and that he is shocked” by the development of events.
“If Senator Adeyemi had been sane, he should have known that Abia, when it comes to education, is miles ahead of her home state of Kogi. Indeed, not only in education, but in every single area of development, “said Ememanka.
“Under the supervision of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the state of Abia has been retaining first place in WAEC exams across the country for five years now. Kogi didn’t come close to the first 20. Never!
“Only last week, the Central Bureau of Statistics declared the state of Abia the third state on the list of countries that attracted foreign direct investment, and only Lagos and Abuja were ahead of the state of Abia in the entire country.
“It takes much more than drinking champagne to run the country from zero foreign investment to the third number in the country.” The state of Kogi is highlighted on the list of countries that have not attracted zero investment. Only a state that is peaceful and secure has the capacity to attract such cross-border investments. “
Ememanka said that since Ikpeazu became the governor, there have been no cases of attacks on any school.
“Although his state is still awarding school renovation contracts, Abia has long since completed more than 500 classroom projects scattered across schools in Abia state, and is still counting,” he said.
The aide wondered why the legislature did not comment when Nigeria’s Centers for Disease Control (NCDC) marked Kogi as insecure.
“Senator Adeyemi has never been heard to have either responded to that NCDC statement or to have been lifted to the Senate floor,” he said.
“However, he has efforts to abuse the governor whose state has maintained one of the lowest death rates from COVID-19 in the country with proactive measures to protect our people.
“Between the governor who constantly denies the existence of COVID and the one who has introduced measures to protect his people, one wonders who the drunk is.”
Ememanka added that, had it not been for the immunity Adeyemi enjoys on the Senate floor, she would have sued him.