Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC/Kogi West), on Tuesday, described Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State as a “champagne drinking man.”
While making his contribution to a motion on ‘Urgent need for the restoration and revalidation of the Safe
School Initiative in Nigeria’, Adeyemi veered off from the issue and attacked Abia Governor.
The motion was sponsored by Odey Stephen, senator representing Cross River North.
Adeyemi said although Abia has highly intelligent people, the state is being governed by “drunkards”.
The Kogi West Senator said he was reacting to a social media post where Enyinnaya Abaribe from Abia State
allegedly attacked the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.
He said unlike the Abia governor who has allegedly abandoned state functions to focus on consumption of whiskey, the Kogi governor was on the other hand
“Despite that some governors are doing their best, we are lucky to have a governor who has taken the issue of
security as a serious priority.
“We are bordered by nine states, but we had an experience of the unfortunate incidents that are happening in neighbouring states. Some governors are
committed to the protection of their people. In my state, the governor awarded contracts for the renovation of
schools and provides security services to them.
“In some states where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like
Abia, they are governed by drunkards. The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man. Abia people are
impoverished more than ever before. Abia people are unfortunate.”
Responding, Abaribe expressed shock over Adeyemi’s comment and urged his colleague to tender an apology to the governor of Abia.