|Ikpeazu worshiping at govt House Umuahia yesterday.|
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has moved into the Government House, 13 months after he assumed office.
The governor who had been operating from Aba since his inauguration on May 29, 2015 finally moved into the Government House at the weekend apparently in response to the looming threat to displace him by Mr. Uche Ogah, who was declared governor by a Federal High Court Abuja and issued certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last week.
Until now, Ikpeazu had been living in Aba citing the need to keep close tabs on the ongoing rehabilitation of the infrastructure in the commercial city and also to allow for completion of renovation work at the governor’s lodge.
Also, Ikpeazu yesterday worshipped at the Government House Unity Chapel for the first time since becoming governor and sought the face of God in prayers to overcome his present travails.
A day earlier, Ikpeazu, at a press conference, had insisted that he remains the chief executive of the state and also maintained that it was wrong to insinuate that there are two governors in Abia state, premising his position on the fact that he remains the only one that had taken the of Office and Oath of Allegiance as governor.
Yesterday, the governor led other members of Seventh Day Adventist Church as well as government officials, PDP stalwarts, including former Senate President, Chief Adolphus Wabara, traditional rulers and a cross section of Abia people, to participate at the church service
Ikpeazu, along with his deputy Sir, Ude Oko Chukwu, Speaker of Abia House of Assembly, Rt Honourable Martins Azubuike, and elder statesman, Elder Emma Adaelu, took turns to pray for a favourable outcome of his appeal against the judgment of Justice Okon Abang that nullified his mandate.
Preaching at the special service, President, Eastern Nigeria Union Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Pastor Bassey Udoh, urged Ikpeazu to cling to God in his present circumstance as God alone has the final say in all matters.
While urging the governor to remain silent and wait on the Lord to do his battle, he assured him that “God is still in charge and does not end His things half way,” adding that “God has never lost any battle”.
He told Ikpeazu that the current political crisis in Abia had come at the right time to enable God redeem the state, noting that crisis situations like this would enable the governor to know those actually on his side, adding that he should “not be deterred by hypocrites who have already identified with his opponents”.
Pastor Udoh described the federal high court judgment that nullified Ikpeazu’s election as “a sinking sand” hence it would not stand because whatever God did not plan will not work.