By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu. has said he has learnt some political lessons from the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, which are helping him in his political life and in the administration of his state.
Ikpeazu listed some the virtues to include courage, identifying with the people and how to handle intricate political issues among others.
The Abia governor spoke at the weekend during the burial ceremony of his mother, which Fayose attended.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Ikpeazu noted that he had visited Fayose twice in the last seven months and gained some insight as far as leadership and occupying political position are concerned.
“Governor Ayodele Fayose is a courageous man, a voice for the voiceless, a defender of the weak and defenceless, a brother, a leader, a friend and a leader of the people. A consistent man known for speaking out the truth all the time. He told me few things that worked for me perfectly in this state. He is a man I love and respect so much and I salute his courage.
“He has been governor twice and he is far experienced. He has encouraged me in deed, character and in words. I pray that God will give me the opportunity one day to be able to show my appreciation to him and how I feel about him. He is a man I love and respect so much and I salute his courage,” Okpeazu said.
In his remarks, Fayose described the Igbo people as not only industrious, but dogged.
He said he named one of his sons Chukwuemeka many years ago to show how much he appreciates the Igbo people.
On the political situation in the country, he said that nobody could silence or cow him.
“The nation should resist dictatorship otherwise this democracy is doomed. Those that are applauding dictatorship now will soon end in the belly of the dictator,” he opined.
Fayose said he was certain of Ikpeazu winning at the Supreme Court and that he would return to Abia soon to celebrate with him.