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In response to plans by some pressure and youth groups loyal to Abia State Governor Theodore Orji to honour President Goodluck Jonathan, Convener of The Abia Awakening (TAA) Chigozie Ubani has advised the President to dissociate himself from such “sycophancy” so his re-election bid does not head for the rocks.

Ubani told a press conference on Wednesday that Jonathan needs to dissociate himself from non-performing governors among whom Orji is now chief emphasizing that the key to winning the hearts of Abians come 2015 is not fraternizing with her bungling governor but acceding to the wish of the people to whom power actually belongs.

“We wish to remind Mr. President that Governor Orji has only one vote to cast in the forthcoming elections as against the hundreds of thousands of suffering people of Abia,” Ubani said in a press statement.

The statement jointly signed by Ubani and the body’s president Maxwell Nwadike also faults Orji’s plans to build an airport in a state which lacks basic infrastructure.
Information on Abia government’s official website indicate President Jonathan, alongside Governor Orji will be presented an award on January 31 by the Coalition of Youths and Pressure Groups, South-East Zone as a way of “supporting and urging the two leaders to continue their good jobs.”

Ubani said the only “good” job Orji has done in the state is spending more money publicizing non-existent and uncompleted “legacy projects” than on the projects themselves thereby catapulting the youth of the state “from hard work to sycophancy.”

Particularly rubbishing Orji’s “Icon of Democracy” appellation, Ubani asked how a governor who has refused to conduct local government polls for the past seven years could be a symbol of all-inclusive governance.

Unabi went on to dissociate TAA from the January 31 award ceremonies which he believed is being funded, just like the numerous other awards with which Orji has been honoured, by the governor himself.

“We make bold to say that we are not a part of ‘The Pressure and Youth Groups’ that seek to ‘honour’ Governor T. A. Orji and Mr. President on the 31st of January, 2014 as embarrassingly displayed on Abia State Official website page and being advertised in some section of the media.”

Also present at the press conference, the convener of Ndi-Igbo Dum, Henry Moghali Amobi advised Nigerians, especially Igbos, to rid themselves of leaders who believe media publicity, and not the implementation of people oriented projects, is the easiest way to become a national figure.

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