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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has announced the suspension of the Rector of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Prof Osonwa Okorie for yet-to-be-disclosed reasons.
The Eastern Updates reports that the suspension of the Rector was made pubiic in a statement issued by the Governor and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Barr Chris Ezem.
In his place, the Governor appointed a new Rector, Associate Professor Hagler Okorie, to replace the suspended Okorie.
Though no reason was given for the removal of the former Rector, the Governor said the suspension of the ex-Rector and his replacement were with immediate effect.
The new Rector is an Associate Professor at Abia State University, Uturu, and has a law firm in Aba.
Okorie hails from Ohafia LGA of the State.
In another report, Governor Ikpeazu has asserted that the candidate of the Labour Party in the state, Dr. Alex Otti, shared no similarities in character with the Presidential candidate of the party, Mr. Peter Obi on whose wave he has been trying to ride on.
Ikpeazu, who spoke with journalists in Aba on Saturday, asserted that while Obi was noted for his modest, frugal and simple lifestyle, the LP candidate in the state was the opposite.
He said that Abia voters were aware that there was no connection between Obi and Otti’s schools of thought.
He also said that the move by Otti and the LP in the state to capitalize on what has been described as the ‘Obi Political Tsunami’ to capture the Abia Government House would fail because the people were aware that Otti was not Obi in all ramifications.
He equally said that the Obi phenomenon must not be narrowed down to the efforts of LP, stressing that doing so would diminish the huge efforts put in by several angry Nigerians and first-time voters, who were not members of any political party but found a credible candidate in Obi, who they were willing to allow to be the pilot of their new nation.