Amidst speculations that Abia State Deputy Governor, Rt.Hon Eric Acho Nwakanma, has come under intense pressure to resign his position and he has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Number Two citizen of the state has urged Abians to disregard the rumours.
Umuahia, the Abia State capital, is awash with stories that Nwakanma, who was picked last August to replace his kinsman, Comrade Chris Akomas, has not only joined another political party but has resigned his position.
The rumours gained grounds faster following feelers that Governor Theodore Orji has picked Col. Emeka Ananaba as his running mate for the April Governorship polls in Abia.
Sources said Nwakanma was not considered because he served in that capacity for two terms. Anannaba, a fellow Ngwaman like Nwakanma was a former Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State.
The TIDE gathered that speculations about Nwakanma’s departure from PDP started December.
It was further gathered that when Governor Orji got wind of the the rumour, he querried his deputy, who denied same.
Close observers of government say that since then, the rosy relationship between the Governor and his Deputy has not been the same.
But the Deputy Governor has dismissed the rumours, saying they are the handiwork of detractors.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Chika Ojiegbe, Nwakanma noted that mischief makers bent on creating confusion in Abia were at work.
He said the goal of the rumour mongers was to weaken the solid followership base of Governor Orji and as well, to diminish his (Deputy Governor) political profile.
“The Deputy Governor has not moved to any other party and neither has he considered or contemplated moving out of the PDP,” Ojiegbe declared.
The CPS described Nwakanma as a distinguished politician of over two decades standing who has been principled, steadfast and consistent; adding, “one would wonder why any right thinking person would go about peddling wanton rumours with the intent to discredit this great son of Abia.”
He reiterated that the Deputy Governor has neither nurtured any ambition to contest for any elective post nor has he indicated any interest which may be interpreted as a move to another party.
He insisted that the Deputy Governor enjoys a good working relationship with the Governor, who, he said, has given Nwakanma free hand in functioning as the state’s Number Two citizen.