Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has debunked rumours of plans to impeach the incumbent governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, because the party lost in the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state.
In a statement signed by Abia PDP Vice Chairman/Acting State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Elder Abraham Amah, the party said meetings have been held with members of the State House of Assembly, but there is no such plans.
The party said it is a rumour being peddled by detractors who are bent on destroying the peaceful legacy built by Dr Okezie Ikpeazu in the last eight years.
It further explained that the purported impeachment has no basis because the governor committed no offence that should warrant his removal from office at this point.
Part of the statement reads: “The attention of the Abia PDP has been drawn to rumours making the rounds on social media that members of the Abia State House of Assembly are making plans to impeach the Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, because the PDP lost the just concluded governorship election.
“The PDP has held meetings with its members in the Abia State House of Assembly as well as members of the opposition Party and there is no iota of truth in the impeachment rumour.
“The rumours are just the wild imaginations of rumour mongers and detractors who are bent on destroying the peaceful legacy Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has built in his eight-year tenure as the governor of Abia State.
“The impeachment is a hoax because the governor has not committed any impeachable offence that will warrant members of the Abia State House of Assembly impeaching him in about two months to the end of his meritorious and peaceful service to the good people of Abia State.
“It is on record that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as the governor of Abia State in the past eight years did his best within the circumstances he found himself and Abia State. At last count, he is leaving Abia more peaceful than he met it eight years ago and anybody who is sincere to himself will attest to this extant truth.”
The party said that Governor Ikpeazu strived to make the Southeast State peaceful and is committed ensuring a smooth transition that would enable the incoming administration begin on a good note.
“As a man of peace that he is, Governor Ikpeazu quickly congratulated the winner of the Abia governorship election Dr Alex Otti and offered to provide him with a smooth transition that will enable him to hit the ground running once he is sworn into office. Such an exemplary display of political sportsmanship is very rare in our polity and Dr Okezie Ikpeazu deserves the commendations of all and not rumours that put him in a bad light.”
The Abia PDP called on people in the state to disregard the impeachment rumour because it is false and is not being contemplated by the House of Assembly members at the moment.
The party also warned those behind the dissemination of such rumours to desist from that as such amounts to a waste of precious and energy adding that what is needed now is exploring ways to support the incoming governor, Dr Alex Otti, who elected on the platform of the Labour Party last week.
“We also call on those behind the unfounded rumour to stop dissipating their creative energies chasing and pushing out imaginary news items to cause disaffection between the government and the people. What all well meaning Abians should do now is to look for ways to support the incoming government to succeed,” Abia PDP stated.