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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State has claimed that the state is still reaping the fruits of the administration of former Governor Okezie Ikpeazu after the state won a Primary healthcare award.
This was according to a statement by Vice Chairman Abia North and acting Publicity Secretary of the party, Abraham Amah.
According to Amah: ‘Abia State was this week declared the winner of the 2022 Gold Badge Award given to deserving states by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, under its Primary Health Care Under One Roof programme.’
He added that the programme is a reform agenda aimed at reversing fragmentation in primary health care delivery at the state level by bringing management, resources, financing, and other operational responsibilities under the State Primary Health Care Board.
The reform was implemented under Ikpeazu’s watch as governor of Abia State.
The PDP chieftain noted that Abia was the only state that scored 100 per cent among the 36 states of the federation.
According to the party, the latest award has dispelled the wrongful characterization of Ikpeazu’s administration as evil, saying that the former governor has been vindicated.
Meanwhile, Onyebuchi Ememanka, the former Chief Press Secretary to former Governor Ikpeazu, has advised the present administration in the state to stop blaming Ikpeazu for every problem in the state.
In a statement he signed, Ememanka urged Governor Alex Otti’s administration to focus on its job of governing the state instead of blaming the past administration.
Recall that Ikpeazu had last week asserted that his administration was not owing any commercial bank before he left office on the 29th of May.
Ikpeazu has stated that he was constrained to make clarifications on matters of great public importance about some financial issues which Governor Alex Otti’s administration has been making allegations on.
Ikpeazu also challenged the Otti administration to produce any evidence to support their claim of a N22 billion outstanding loan liability from the Ikpeazu administration.
He tasked the Otti administration to stop manufacturing excuses and face serious issues of governance and fund the various security agencies to protect lives and properties of citizens of the state.