The governor of Abia state Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has vowed not to join issues with any of his predecessors over the affairs of the state. He stated that he has held office as governor for almost eight years, and has never engaged any of his predecessors in any untoward exchange, even when it was politically expedient to do so. Ikpeazu’s outburst is not unconnected to a statement credited to his predecessor, Senator Theodore Orji, warning the governor not to drag him into the face-off between him and the Nigerian Labour Congress, over unpaid wages. Orji, who represents Abia Central district at the Senate, had in a statement by his Liaison Officer,  Ifeanyi Umere, claimed that as of May 29, 2015, no core civil servant was owed salary. He insisted that his administration was not responsible for the salary arrears owed to civil servants and pensioners in the state. In his reaction, the governor, through his chief press secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, disclosed that the governor is proudly carrying the cross of the governance of the state and will continue to carry it till the expiration of his tenure.

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