From Okey Sampson, Aba
Former speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Stanley Ohajuruka has accused the immediate past governor of the state and senator representing Abia Central, Chief T.A Orji, of ineffective representation.
Ohajuruka told newsmen in Umuahia that Abia Central was unfortunate to have a senator in the mould of T.A. Orji who he described as a senator in exile.
“With T.A. Orji, we don’t have effective representation in the Senate. I stand to be corrected,” he said.
The former member of the House of Representatives who boasted that he attracted 63 projects to Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency, said it was unfortunate that T.A. Orji had not attracted a single project to his senatorial zone since he went to the Senate.
“How many projects can the present Senator (T. A. Orji) tell us he has attracted to the people of Abia Central? Has he ever invited anyone from the area for a senatorial meeting? Where is the senatorial office, does he have any? If you can find any, you tell us.”
The former speaker also described the immediate past administration in the state under Orji as one that lacked presence, stressing that what the state was suffering presently was as a result of the misdeed of the past administration.
“The immediate past administration lacked capacity, integrity, humility and everything that suggests good governance. It was bereft of ideas; it was a completely incompetent administration that we experienced in the state in the past eight years.
“What is happening in the state now is a hangover of that incompetent administration that was foisted on this administration and this present administration is now struggling…I sympathise with the current government in Abia because the burden the last government left is unspeakable.
“It will take a magician or somebody with special skill to be able to navigate the act of governance in the state as presently constituted. So, I think this present government has a Herculean task to address the maladministration the state experienced under the dispensation of Theodore Orji.”
The former speaker advised Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to shun sycophancy and extricate himself from the influence of the former administration.
For Ikpeazu to effectively tackle the problems he inherited from the past administration in the state, he must not to allow anybody to manipulate him, Ohajuruka said.