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Chief John Okiyi Kalu who is the Director of Strategic Engagement, at Abia PDP Campaign Council, has given a reason the Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu did not attend the PDP campaign event in Enugu.
While offering his reasons in a statement he sent to reporters Okiyi said: ‘Take note that the Enugu event qualifies as a ‘campaign activity’ but Governor Ikpeazu is still a conscientious member of the G5 and a leader in the PDP. He will continue to attend programs, within and outside the state, that are not campaign-related.
‘Governor Ikpeazu in particular, every well-meaning member of our political family (PDP), and, indeed, Abians, in general, are not in any mood for any political gathering at this point in time. However, the governor and government officials are free to attend other events that are not campaign related.’
The party had on Wednesday loss its governorship candidate, Professor, Uche Ikonne. In view of that Ikpeazu directed that all flags in Abia State PDP offices be lowered and flown at half-mast in honour of Ikonne.
‘As a mark of honour to our dear departed brother, I at this moment direct that all flags in Abia State PDP offices be lowered and flown at half-mast while all campaign activities for the party at all levels be suspended until Monday, 30th January, 2023,’ Ikpeazu said.
Hundreds of ordained ministers, comprising pastors and apostles of the Apostolic Christian Church Mission (ACCM), on Thursday at Aba, Abia State, protested the sealing of their National Headquarters located on Omuma Road, Aba.
They said the church, which has over 1,000 branches nationwide with the largest concentration in the state where it was founded over 72 years ago, was sealed on Saturday, December 31, 2022, on the order of the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, who is not a member of the church.
The protesters, who wore white and black cassocks singing and dancing along Aba-Owerri road near Osisioma Flyover, carried placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Ikpeazu, respect God to avoid divine wrath, Unseal our ACCM at 34 Omuma road Aba,’ ‘ACCM does not support tribalism’ etc.