Against reports that Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu fled to Ohafia for fear of being lynched by angry members of Indigenous people of Biafra ( IPOB ) over the brutal killings of #EndSars protesters in Aba , it was discovered that Ikpeazu was in his hometown, Obingwa, were he held a security meeting Wednesday night.
According to a reliable source close to the Governor, ” Ikpeazu did not flee to Ohafia and then to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu’s Camp Neya in Igbere as reported in the media . That wasn’t the true position of things. We were with the governor in his hometown Obingwa where he held meetings with all the security chiefs . ”
The source however refused to expose the details of the meeting but other sources said it was connected with the IPOB threats and how it can be managed to avoid escalation.
A news media Operanews.com had on Thursday afternoon reported that Ikpeazu dissapeared from Aba government lodge to Ohafia for fear of being captured by angry IPOB members acting on the order of its leader, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The report stated that a member of the IPOB, Uchechukwu Okorie who spoke to their correspondent revealed that they planned to capture Ikpeazu alive in Ohafia, adding that his diversion to Kalu’s house will not stop them .
According to the IPOB member, “Ikpeazu ran to Igbere to Papa Ukwu’s house because he knows we can’t force ourselves inside . But it will only cost us time . We will wait as long as he stays there. I am even surprised because Ikpeazu has never visited Orji Uzor since he became Governor. So I am not even sure of him getting assses to Kalu’s house. If Igbere reject him , that’s the best for us .”
Sources said there were not less than five Hilux vehicles with Security personnels driving into Igbere . Meanwhile, a call to the Manager of Senator Kalu’s Camp Neya, Mrs Goodness Orji revealed that Ikpeazu was not in Camp Neya . She said she has received several calls concerning Ikpeazu’s arrival but has no instructions to receive Ikpeazu. She also said her Principal is in Abuja and not in Igbere .
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) who did not want his name on print, told their correspondent that Ikpeazu has not spoken to Kalu since he became Governor and would likely not be received when he arrives . According to him , “How can the only time Ikpeazu remembered Orji Uzor is because he js running for his life? Orji Kalu made him Vice Chairman of his local government when he was Governor and that was how he saw the light to eventually become governor in 2015. But since he became Governor he has avoided him and never even gave him any compliment as a former governor. So he should sort himself out and clear himself with the IPOB members. Orji Kalu may not be in support of the activities of IPOB because he believes in the unity of Nigeria but the IPOB members have so much respect for him . They love him because of his personality and courage in standing firm for the people” He said