For insulting Abia indigenes alongside their governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Senator Smart Adeyemi must crawl on his knees to apologise, so says Theodore Orji, a former governor of the state.
Mr Adeyemi had during plenary at the Nigerian Senate earlier in the week described Mr Ikpeazu as a champagne drinking man, obviously suggesting the Abia helmsman is a drunk.
The Kogi West lawmaker who was reacting to alleged belittling of his state governor, Yahaya Bello, by his colleague, Enyinnaya Abaribe, also described Abians as unfortunate people who have never elected a good leader.
Mr Abaribe, who in his reaction at the floor of the red chamber, explained that he did not make the remark credited to him on social media asked his colleague to apologise but the Kogi lawmaker refused.
Nigerians condemned the outburst of Adeyemi who deviated from what was discussed at the upper legislative chamber to launched attack on the South-East governor and his people.
In his reaction, Mr Orji, who represents Abia Central at the Senate said his Kogi West colleague must crawl on his knees and apologise for his derogatory remarks.
In a Thursday statement by his Chief Liaison Officer, Ifeanyi Umere, the former governor advised, “that he (Adeyemi) tenders well worded apology to the Governor and people of Abia without delay.
“That Smart Adeyemi extends his compunction to All Abians who elected Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu back to back on two consecutive tenures as Governor of Abia State. An office Smart Adeyemi has never occupied or sought to occupy as to know or feel the enormity of dignity and profundity of carriage which the office of the Governor conveys in his uncouthness.
“Abia citizens have been scorned in the face, hence Senator Smart Adeyemi must crawl on his knees in utmost penitence, confession and court the forgiveness of all Abians for daring to insult Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, a man with whom we are well pleased”.