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THE PRICE FOR BROTHERHOOD: H.E DISTINGUISHED SENATOR ENYINNAYA ABARIBE IN RETROSPECT

THE PRICE FOR BROTHERHOOD:  H.E DISTINGUISHED SENATOR ENYINNAYA ABARIBE IN RETROSPECT

At the inception of the 2nd Abia Assembly, Rt. Hon Sir. Christopher Enwerenmadu emerged as the second Speaker of the Abia Assembly in November 1999 barely six months after the impeachment of the pioneer speaker.

However Thursday, 4th of August 2000 will forever remain evergreen in the hearts and minds of every Umunneato man and woman, and by extension the entire Ukwa la Ngwa nation, following the feud between the then Gov. Orji Uzor Kalu and his Erstwhile Deputy, Sen. Enyi Abaribe which later spilled over to the Abia State house of Assembly, With the speaker, Rt Hon Christopher Enwerenmadu and members of the house of Assembly from Ukwa la Ngwa Zone who were loyal to him being the major casualties.

The issue ensued when Sen. Abaribe brought his matter with his Boss to the members of the house of Assembly for intervention and amicable resolution following accusations of high-handedness, and abuse of office, with particular reference to his office, maintaining that such ill treatment if not resolved may lead to the breakdown of law and order in the state.

The Governor who had earlier travelled to Houston Texas for a one month vacation on hearing of the new Development, had to cut short his trip and returned to the state just five day later.

Upon his return, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu summoned a meeting comprising only members of the State House of Assembly from the Old Bende zone, with the outcome resulting to a sheer travesty of Justice, as only nine out of the twenty four members of the State assembly claimed to have impeached the speaker, Rt Hon Christopher Enwerenmadu and installed in his stead the member that was Representing Umuahia central constituency at that time, Hon. Stanley Ohajuruka.

All these were not without the invasion by a group of armed unidentified young men who invaded the Assembly premises and assaulted the speaker Rt Hon Christopher Enwerenmadu and all the law makers that were loyal to him.

Those were the travails of an Isiala Ngwa man, all in defence of their big brother, while he served as the Deputy Governor of the state, even as various people who had sympathy, support of affiliation with him were not spared by the then Orji Uzor Kalu led administration.

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Today,what do we get in return? A stoic, albeit regrettable opposition of a prominent Isiala Ngwa son, an Umunneato candidate and the Ukwa la Ngwa gift to ndi Abia, Professor Eleazar Uche Ikonne, by no less a benefactor of Isiala Ngwa comradeship, Distinguished Sen. Enyi Harcourt Abaribe.

Yes it is within his constitutional right to contest for the Governorship seat of Abia, but morally unjustifiable to do so now that his kinsman is about completing his two term of eight years.

As Apostle Paul in the holy book of  1st Cor. 10: 23 admonishes that, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”

If there is one venture so unedifying, though lawful, is for Distinguished Enyi Abaribe to oppose an Isiala Ngwa Governorship candidate in 2023.