Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State and a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the state, Chief Chikwe Udensi have engaged in a war of words over the 2015 general elections.
According to a report published by Punch online on 2 September, 2014, Udensi had in a recent media chat accused Orji of non-performance, adding that infrastructures have totally collapsed in Abia under the governor’s watch.
The APGA governorship aspirant also alleged that there was nothing to justify the huge resources accruing to the state from the federation accounts, promising that if given the opportunity he would salvage the state from “misrule and transform its collapsing economy.”
“There are no roads in Aba, and education has failed; the masses are suffering because of bad leadership,” he said.
While reacting to Udensi’s allegations, the Chief Press Secretary of Governor Orji, Charles Ajunwa, described Udensi’s comments as “malicious and the ranting of a political neophyte seeking relevance.”
According to the release signed byAjunwa, it stated that Governor Orji was so committed to delivering “on his covenant with Abians and transformation agenda that he would not be distracted by the antics of detractors like Udensi and his cohorts.”
The release reads in part: “The attention of Abia State Government has been drawn to the ranting of a political lilliput who thinks the only way to achieve popularity is to attack the government in power.
“Political jobbers like Udensi should be reminded that governorship of Abia State is not for opportunists but for men with vision and character.”
Orji also described Udensi as “clueless” for his critical stance on the Governor’s airport project which he said amounted to a misplaced priority.
“It is unthinkable that a man who wants to govern a state does not understand the pivotal role of an airport to the socio-economic development of a state. It is only in Nigeria that failures without antecedents of any proven record of managerial acumen, intellectual prowess or efficiency in any known trade jostle for political power just because of the little cash in their pockets.”
Orji concluded by saying APGA was non-existent in Abia and lacked the clout to uproot PDP, which he claimed had a firm grip in the entire South Eastern zone.