Ikpeazu declares Friday, Monday public holidays in Abia

Okezie Ikpeazu

Governor Okejie Ikpeazu has declared Friday and Monday public holidays in Abia in the wake of the political impasse in the state.

The government claims the public holidays were to honour former, Minister of Transportation, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, who died on Wednesday aged 71.

Maduekwe, an indigene of the state and Secretary, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), played a prominent role in local politics until his death.

Meanwhile, the Abia chapter of the PDP has declared that it will resist any attempt to inaugurate, Uche Ogah, as governor of the state.

The declaration was made at the end of the party’s emergency meeting in Umuahia on Thursday.

State Chairman of the party, Chief Johnson Onuigbo, accompanied by members of the executive committee, said that the party got wind of a plan to flood the state with military personnel.

Onuigbo said that such an invasion would trigger off anarchy, adding that the party was poised for a showdown over the planned inauguration.

He described the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which ordered that Ogah should be sworn in as “a rape of democracy.”