Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has revealed that he lives by a mantra while serving as Governor which is he will work so hard to the point that whoever succeeds him as the next governor will find it very difficult to operate unless that person emulates him, which is why he lives in a 3-bedroom apartment at the state capital in Aba, Abia State and not the government house. Speaking to journalists on Monday, July 26, Ikpeazu said he chose to live in a 3-bedroom in Aba, away from the Government House in Umuahia, because he wants to live among his people and get used to life outside power.
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He said: “I have spent time in my lodge in Aba. It is a three-bedroom apartment. I don’t know how many governors can reside in this kind of place.
“But 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.”
Ikpeazu also addressed the subject of who will succeed him in 2023. He said that can only be decided by God.
He explained that nobody believed he would become governor in 2015 but God surprised everyone.
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He added that he hopes that any individual who will succeed him would build on his legacies and subsequently perform better than him.
He said: “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.”
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