Uproar as Senator Adeyemi calls Governor Ikpeazu ‘champagne-drinking man’

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Senator Smart Adeyemi representing Kogi West has described the Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as a drunkard, adding that the Abia state people are unfortunate to be governed by a “champagne-drinking governor”.

Adeyemi veered off while he was contributing to a motion on the urgent need for the restoration and revalidation of the Safe School initiative in Nigeria.

The senator had started his contribution with supporting the motion while casting his mind back to primary school days. He said though he did not grow up to see Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, as premier of Northern Region, he said the era of Sarduana, “Our children were given cartons of peak milk, they were well taken care of, the northern region was a very peaceful place.” He said education flourished under Bello.

He called on Governors to do all that they can, because Nigeria is such a large nation that the Federal Government alone cannot do it to be able to police all the schools.

Just then he veered off by saying, “Despite that some governors are doing their best, we are lucky to have a governor who has taken the issue of security as a serious priority. We are bordered by nine states, but we had an experience of the unfortunate incidents that are happening in neighboring states.

“Some governors are committed to the protection of their people, in my state the governor awarded contracts for the renovations of schools and provides security services to them. In some states of Nigeria today, where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abia – they are governed by drunkards.

“The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man. Abia people are impoverished more than ever before. Abia people are unfortunate.”

The lawmaker was apparently responding to a social media post linked to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is from Abia State, allegedly casting aspersion on the person of Kogi State governor Yahaya Bello. Adeyemi is from Kogi State.

At this point, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautioned him against the use of abusive language.

In his response, Abaribe expressed surprise over Adeyemi’s “drunkard” comment and urged his colleague to apologize to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

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Abaribe said: “Mr President I will like to make a clarification. Unfortunately, what has happened here today is one of the problems that you see on social media. I never made any comments on the governor of Kogi State. Never.

“What has happened is what we see going on today. People write something and tag your name to it. And if you don’t ask question, you will not know whether you actually said it or not. And I see so many things tag to me but I don’t talk. The last time I saw Nuhu Ribadu, I also spoke to him. Something was tag to his name that was very deleterious. I’m very surprised that my good friend and colleague decided to open up on the governor of Abia for something I never said.”

Lawan interjected, saying the air was cleared now and asked Abaribe to address the motion.

Abaribe agreed but said Smart owes an apology to the governor of Abia for the very bad statement made that has no basis.