The immediate past Governor of Abia State and now a senator representing Abia Central District at the Senate, Chief Theodore Orji, said the abolition of fetish practices involving commissioners and other political office holders were the greatest legacies of his administration.
Orji, who stated this weekend while speaking during his youth empowerment programme at his constituency office in Umuahia, decried the introduction of idolatry into the governance of the state by his predecessors but said he was courageous enough to break the yoke.
He declared that ever since he led the war for the political emancipation of the state after breaking camp with his erstwhile political god-father, political office holders in the state were no longer subjected to fetish oath-taking before appointment.
“Go and verify, no political appointee now or when I was governor was taken to any shrine contrary to the practice before I came on board”, Orji declared.
The senator also identified the transfer of power to Ukwa-Ngwa nation in the spirit of Abia charter of equity as another enduring legacies, saying that but for his insistence, the governorship stool of the state would have still eluded Abia South which until 2015 never had a shot at the seat.
In his remarks at the event, Governor Okezie Ikepeazu, represented by the Commissioner for Industry, Chief Henry Ikoh, thanked the senator for complementing government’s poverty reduction efforts and enjoined the beneficiaries to use them judiciously. (The Authority)