Eminent businessman and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has urged Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State to run an all-inclusive government in a bid to take the state to enviable heights, adding that the collective interests of Abians should be placed above selfish ambitions.
He noted that the recent Supreme Court verdict affirming the victory of Governor Ikpeazu at the 2015 governorship poll has been received by Abians as the will of God.
According to Kalu, regardless of political differences, Abia State indigenes and residents must support the administration of Governor Ikpeazu in his efforts at transforming the state.
The former governor made these remarks on Monday while speaking with a cross-section of journalists at his Igbere country-home.
He said, “with the Supreme Court judgement affirming his victory at the 2015 gubernatorial election, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu can now pilot the affairs of the state without distractions.
“For the state to move forward, Governor Ikpeazu must be magnanimous in his victory by demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship in his endeavours.
” Politics is not a do-or-die affair and as such, Abians, irrespective of party affiliations, should cooperate with the governor in making Abia State the envy of other states.
“I am impressed with the maturity demonstrated by Chief Uche Ogah after the Supreme Court verdict that affirmed Governor Ikpeazu’s victory”.
The former governor, who is also the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in Abia State, while calling on Abians to pray for leaders at all levels of government in the state, urged politicians to be selfless in their daily pursuits, adding that the essence of democracy is to improve the common lots of the people and not for self-aggrandizement.