Orji Has Performed Beyond Expectation—Says Governor's Aide

By Nnaji Obed Asiegbu
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Abia State Government, Governor Theodore Orji

Chief Press Secretary to Abia State Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, has faulted an assertion by "one faceless group masquerading as Save Abia Group " which in a recent media publication alleged that "Abia is the least developed state in Nigeria."

He dismissed the group's claims as a cheap blackmail aimed at ridiculing the governor's efforts to transform the state while accusing his political opponents of sponsoring the said publication to cause disaffection in the polity ahead of the 2015 general election.

Mr. Ajunwa who stated this in a press release made available to journalists in Umuahia, said "it is only the blind" that would accuse Governor Orji's administration of non performance after looking at the galaxy of legacy projects he had posted.

He accused the group of publishing old pictures of some roads in Aba which had since been rehabilitated by Governor Orji's administration in its desperation to disrepute him for selfish political reasons.

He said the group was being sponsored by the opposition to twist facts and create wrong impression that his administration had failed "when in fact it is the same administration that is working tirelessly to rebuild the state after years of dilapidation."

According to him, "common logic shows that if the previous administrations had done better, the so-called infrastructure they built would not have rapidly collapsed within seven years of Governor Orji's administration".

The release reads in part: " There is no basis whatsoever for any one to say this administration has not performed considering the number of tangible and verifiable projects fairly distributed across the state.

" It is a fact that Orji is not the first Abia governor but he is the first to build workers secretariat for the civil servants; first to build Abia government house; first to build international conference centre; first to build diagnostic hospitals and renal centre; and first to kick- start infrastructural revolution in the state."

According to him, government had since initiated remedial measures on some bad roads in Aba including federal roads to make them passable pending the time something permanent would be done as funds improved.