…The Progressives Are Waiting for You – Lawan
The ruling All Progressives congress, APC, is wooing Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State to ditch his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP through whuch he got to power.
Ahmad Lawan, president of the Senate, told Governor Ikpeazu at a reception yesterday that the progressives were waiting for him.
His words: “You are already a progressive at heart. You are a progressive in action. Your Excellency, the progressive forum is waiting.
“Your Excellency, I’m not suggesting anything. I’m just stating the obvious. You are different. You are a very peaceful man. You are a very humble man. You are a very firm person. You are a very fair person. You believe in justice. You believe in everything that is ideal of progressivism.”
Lawan spoke in Aba, Abia State, at a Grand Civic Reception in honour of Prince Paul Ikonne, the Executive Secretary of the National Agricultural Land Development Authourity (NALDA).
Lawan was in the state on the invitation of the governor primarily to commission a shoe factory, Enyimba Automated Shoe Company (ENASCO), sited at Obingwa near Aba.
Shortly after the commissioning of the shoe factory, the convoy headed to Abia State Polytechnic in Aba, venue of the reception.
It was at the reception that the Enyi 1 of Aba, HRH, Eze I. A. Ikonne conferred on Lawan, the chieftaincy title of the Onyentukwasi Obi 1 of Aba in recognition of his “highly exemplary leadership qualities, meritorious service to Nigeria.”
In his response after the conferment of the title, the Senate President said: “I want to say a little about our governor here, our friend. One of the earlier speakers said the governor will go to Senate in 2023. Amen.
“Your Excellency, it is necessary for me to speak about you here even though you and I are invited to attend a function meant to honour our young brother, Prince Paul Ikonne.
“Your Excellency, I want to thank you for the opportunity to be here with you. I have listened to the remarks of Prince Paul Ikonne on your relationship with him and I have also listened to your remarks on the relationship.
“The relationship is a progressive relationship. The relationship that is blind to differences especially, in political persuasions. But all of you are wide awake and alert to one major responsibility: to make the lives of the people here in Abia State better. And that is what we need to do everywhere.
“You are a shining example of a Nigerian that is pan-Nigerian, that believes in coming together with everyone to ensure that the lives of the people they govern are improved and I want to commend you for that.
“Your Excellency, before you go to the Senate, it doesn’t matter how we are able to work to get ourselves into a progressive forum.
“And, therefore, for us, it’s not anyone leaving from somewhere to somewhere, you are already there. You are ours, we are yours and Your Excellency, our people look up to us in this country, regardless of their political beliefs, all they want is for us political leaders to put our heads together to salvage whatever situation needs to be addressed.
“You are indeed a great partner. I have a great deal respect for you and we in Abuja, will like to go with you more closely. You have demonstrated your capacity to bring change in the lives of the people of Abia. Your Excellency, we are waiting for you to go and contribute to the improvement in the lives of Nigerians at the center by the Grace of God.”
Lawan, however, thanked His Royal Majesty, for the honour and dedicated the title to all his Senator colleagues.
Earlier at the commissioning of the shoe factory, the Senate President commended the governor on the project.
“I cannot commend you enough. What you have done here is to say nothing is impossible. I’m sure that we all know that the resources available to our states are so limited and yet to come up with this kind of project shows how prudent you are; how efficient you are with the resources of Abia State,” he said.