The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC-Kogi West) for his unprovoked attack on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
While contributing to a debate at the Senate on Tuesday, Adeyemi steered reaction in the senate over his comment describing Governor Ikpeazu as a "champagne drinking man".
Adeyemi while speaking on a motion on Safe School Initiative in Nigeria said Abia State is governed by "drunkards".
He said: "Despite that, some governors are doing their best, we are lucky to have a governor who has taken the issue of security as a serious priority."
"We are bordered by nine states, but we had an experience of the unfortunate incidents that are happening in neighbouring states."
"Some governors are committed to the protection of their people. In my state, the governor awarded contracts for the renovations of schools and provides security services to them."
"In some states where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abia, they are governed by drunkards. The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man."
Reacting in a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday, the PDP threatened to deploy all instruments provided in a democratic setting against individuals attacking its governors.
"Senator Adeyemi exhibited a high level of irresponsibility by using the privileges of the Senate Chamber to engage in unprovoked disparagement of Ikpeazu and the entire people of Abia state, who had not offended him in any way," the PDP said.
"It is indeed unfortunate that Senator Adeyemi, whose words were respected by Nigerians while he was in the PDP has become so corrupted by his sojourn in the APC, that he has completely lost his mind just to satisfy some new gods."
The party said that Senator Adeyemi must have noted the widespread national detestation and opprobrium that he had brought to himself by his unguarded comment against Ikpeazu and Abia people.
The PDP said: "Moreover, our party has equally noted that Senator Adeyemi's uncouth comment is borne out of bitter envy for the achievements of Ikpeazu in every sector of life in Abia state, which no APC governor, including Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, can compare.
"Our party however urges Ikpeazu not to be distracted by sidetracking elements such as Senator Adeyemi, but to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to his people."
Source: Naija News