Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Smart Adeyemi has lashed at the governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, describing him, a ‘champagne drinking man’ governing Abia people.
Smart’s gutter remark on the governor on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday was a reaction to a social media post allegedly uploaded by the Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Adeyemi while speaking on a motion on Safe School Initiative in Nigeria said Abia State is governed by “drunkards”.
The Kogi lawmaker was obviously replying to a post which Abaribe was reported to have attacked the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.
But the Minority leader denied making such post against the governor of Kogi State, whilenhe expressed shock that Adeyemi could react in such an uncomplementary manner.
Continuing, Adeyemi said:
“While some governors were committed to the welfare and protection of their people, leaders in Abia State are governed by drunkards”. He said:
“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 renovations 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.”
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, however, cautioned him against insulting the governor. Abaribe who was not pleased with the statement of his colleague charged him to tender an apology to the governor of Abia. Abaribe said:
“Mr President, I will like to make a clarification. Unfortunately, what has happened here today is one of the problems that you see on social media. I never made any comment on the governor of Kogi State. Never!”
“What has happened is what we see going on today. People write something and tag your name to it. And if you don’t ask a question, you will not know whether you actually said it or not.
“And I see so many things tagged to me but I don’t talk. The last time I saw Nuhu Ribadu, I also spoke to him. Something was ascribed to him that was very deleterious.”
“I’m very surprised that my good friend and colleague decided to take on the governor of Abia for something I never said.”
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