The Executive Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has described Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe as an “elder brother and political leader”.
Governor Ikpeazu expressed delight that Senator Abaribe’s life has become synonymous with service to the people, built on solid principles, and sustained by the power of courage.
The Governor stated this in his congratulatory message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, to mark the 66th birthday celebration of the Abia South Senator, Abaribe, today.
According to Ikpeazu, “from his days as Deputy Governor of Abia State in 1999, Abaribe has carved a clear niche for himself…a niche for the relentless pursuit of the enthronement of justice and equity in our polity.
A pursuit he undertakes with great courage and strong personal convictions. Till date and as Senate Minority Leader, Abaribe remains who he has always been, namely, a fearless advocate of justice and egalitarianism in public service”.
The Abia Chief Executive on behalf of his family, the Government and the people of the State congratulated the former Deputy Governor of the State on his auspicious birthday celebration and prayed the Almighty God to grant him many more years ahead.
Abaribe’s name resonates across the political firmament for the positives. He is tenacious, resilient and unequivocal. His candour is vexatious, yet he speaks with some enigmatic, mythical valour and philosophical temerity.
From a tortuous, stifling political background in a sub-national scene in 1999, he has continued to rise in geometrical progression, weathering the stormy shrills of betrayal to becoming an Iroko, a political colossus to the utter amazement of the marauding forces and to the admiration of his supporters.
Anyone with an impeccable sense of the political history of Abia State at the dawn of the 4th republic, precisely between 1999 and 2003 would remember the unsavoury political trajectories that dotted the time, featuring Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe as the deputy governor of Abia State under Senator Orji Uzo Kalu.