By Abimbola Ogunnaike
The Abia State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state under the leadership of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, to rescue itself from tissue of lies and propaganda” following the announcement of the State Government’s approval of 19 new roads for construction in the state.
It would be recalled that the Abia State Government had approved series of construction and rehabilitation of rural road projects in the state.
After a weekly State Executive Council, (SEC), meeting held in the Banquet Hall, Government House, Umuahia, and presided over by the Acting Governor of the state, Ude Oko Chukwu, on Monday, the council named the roads approved to include Ukwunwangwu/Ndudu (2.95 km) Road Phase 1, Uturu, Isuikwuato LGA, rehabilitation of Umuenyere Alayi-Item-Nkporo Road in Bende/Ohafia LGA (26km), construction of Amapu Ntigha-Abam Ubakala Road in Isialangwa North and Umuahia North LGA’s (1.0km).
According to a statement issued at the end of meeting by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, said the approval of the contract was to further improve road infrastructure in the state.
But the APC in the state, in a statement signed by its Secretary, Barrister Perfect Okorie, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday, in Umuahia, the state capital, described the claims as tissue of lies.
Okorie said that all ongoing road constructions in the state were sponsored by the Federal Government and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
According to him, federal lawmakers from the state attracted the projects and accused Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led government of using same old trick of lies to curry sympathy from Abia people.
“Many roads in Abia are in a deplorable state and has been impassable for several months due to its inexplicable neglect by the PDP controlled government. We appreciate the federal lawmakers in the state who attracted the ongoing rehabilitation and constructions. If the PDP led government want to be taken seriously, they should run a transparent government devoid of lies, propaganda and false claims.”
“In the past, many have demanded that the state government give them account of all the road projects they have successfully done but they end up announcing more new roads to be constructed when the ones approved since 2015 were not just abandoned but counted among completed projects. The Abia state government has done more works on paper than on ground. As numerous as the approval of the dilapidated roads are, so the abandonment,” the party said.
“The said approval were generally a rehash of the same old and familiar false claims, lies and propaganda which thePDP in Abia State has always used in its quest for public sympathy and deceit for their poor performance and sympathetic leadership seeking in the state.
“Only the blind and the deaf will believe Okiyi’s claim, as the state government has deployed deceit as their only means of governance. We are not surprised that public reactions to their tissues of lies have been effusive and furious, with most people asking if they take Abians for fools,” APC added.