MasterwebNews 8/2/16 - After The Victory of God`s Own Governor In God`s Own State

[ Masterweb Reports: Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Masterweb Special Correspondent reports ] - Call him the preaching governor, the singing governor, the dancing governor, Victor, and a governor after God’s own heart, for God’s own state, Okezie Ikpeazu would fit in. In September last year in faraway Connecticut in New York I met a man, and a leader who was clothed with Godly humility. His assertion that without God, he cannot stand touched my heart. I watched him sing a song he captioned his battle and victory song: “Obughi mu ji onwem, ma amara ya jim aka kam hara ida”.  I hold not myself, but His grace holds me so that I cannot fall. And in faraway Spain, I was moved again when I saw him singing and dancing his victory song once again  few days ago after the Supreme Court verdict.

The Supreme Court verdict on February 2, declaring him the rightful occupant of the Abia state government house after a hard fought battle with a well formidable and “never say die” opponent confirmed truly that his victory was an act of God. With the battle that ensued before victory came his way, any feeble mind would have lost vision and focus. But in governor Ikpeazu’s case the challenges on his way propelled him to devote himself more to the service of the people, a rare fit among Nigerian leaders under such circumstances who would have been distracted and lost focus. And like David, a man after God’s own heart would do, Ikpeazu was all songs and took to praising God for his victory after the Supreme Court ruling. And from a distance, I could hear him sing his battle and victory song once again. As his name depicts Victor, you cannot be a Victor without a battle. For Okezie Ikpeazu, the initial battle is won but you have not finished the race.

For his opponent Alex Otti,  “Anu laa taa, echi bun ta”. It was not a Victor and vanquished affair. For me you did not fail rather it’s a stepping stone to success.  “The phoenix must burn to emerge” The election is over and the winner emerged. Irrespective of political and party leanings, let everybody Join hands to make Abia great. It’s not the Abia state of Ikpeazu or PDP, APGA or APC, but the Abia state of Nigeria.


For Ikpeazu now that you have the full mandate, the gloomy and cloudy storms are gone. The coast is clear. Strip yourself of party politics and god fatherism agenda and go for the real work God has chosen you to do in Abia state. You are not a PDP governor, you are not the Ngwa governor, you are not the Umuahia governor, but you are Ikpeazu, the Abia state governor. And may I  remind you  during the interview with you in New York September 5 2015 your answer to the question; Abia state is tagged as God’s own state, and you are the governor of God’s own state… would it be right to tag you as God’s own governor?

Your response was “It would be a privilege, an honor, in fact a virtue, it’s not a title I can own, and it’s a title I will work towards to. I wish I could be God’s own governor. And I pray he will be gracious and merciful to give me the grace to be that one day”.
Governor Ikpeazu, the time has come to work towards that virtue and clinch it. Now that the gloomy and cloudy storms that loomed on your path are gone, go for the crown of glory and work to earn that virtue as God’s own governor through your good works as you have already set out to do. In addition to your battle and victory song, you can sing now a new song in the rendition of Jimmy Cliff:

“I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright sunshiny day. Oh, yes I can make it now the pain is gone. All of the bad feelings have disappeared. Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for”… Indeed here is the rainbow and the blue skies Abians have been praying and waiting for. And surely it’s gonna be a bright sunshiny days and years for the people of God’s own state under God’s own governor.

*Photo Caption – Governor Okezie Ikpeazu 

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