Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State says he stays in a three bedroom apartment in Aba, commercial capital of the state.
Ikpeazu stated this in a chat with journalists on Monday..
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The governor said he chose to live among his people because he wanted to imagine life outside power.
“I live in a three bedroom apartment here in Aba. I stay here because I want to keep my eyes on the fact that I’m the governor today, but I will not be the governor tomorrow.”
“I won’t take myself too far away from how I live my life. I will work hard to the point that somebody coming after me will find it difficult to operate unless he is running on this same lane.”
He added that power is a serious matter that God would not leave entirely in the hands of men.
Ikpeazu said the question of who will succeed him in 2023 can only be answered by God.
He said nobody believed he would become governor in 2015 but God surprised everybody and ensured his success in that year’s election
The governor stressed that his desire is that an individual, who would build on his legacies and subsequently perform than him, emerges the governor.
“But every man in my position will pray to get a successor who will sustain his legacies and mean well for the people of the state and also do better than he has done.
“I will want to see a successor that has sufficient passion, not self centred and sufficiently humble to create a platform that will engender participation from all kinds of people; the lame, the blind, the youth, the women, the downtrodden and all the people. And for it to happen, I’m trusting and believing in what God can do.
“At all times as a governor, I try to emphasize some virtues and traits that I think we need to grow and to move forward,” he said.