Abia State governor, Theodore Orji, yesterday oversaw the swearing-in of Acho Nwakanma as his deputy governor, saying the action marked the completion of the liberation of Abia State from the shackles of undemocratic governance and the entrenchment of true democracy.

Speaking at the swearing-in of Mr. Nwakanma in Umuahia on Wednesday at the Government House, he said that unlike his predecessor, the new deputy governor was nominated by himself and has been approved by the state legislature.

Mr. Orji explained that the need for a new deputy governor arose from the impeachment of Chris Akomas, adding that contrary to insinuations in some quarters, his impeachment was not instigated by the executive.

“We have liberated Abia from the shackles of undemocratic government. I stand to be held accountable for the actions of Mr. Nwakanma because I nominated him personally and the house endorsed him,” he declared.

The governor said that normalcy has returned to the state, as those who were at war with him have reconciled with him and are now working with his administration.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Nwakanma pledged his total loyalty to the governor and Abia State, adding that since he survived a more difficult administration he would have no problem with the present one, which he said was more democratic.

The new deputy governor, who had earlier served as the deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly and later the deputy governor during the last lap of Orji Uzor Kalu, said he was familiar with the office of a second-in-command and would give his total support to the governor.

Mr. Nwakanma is the sixth deputy governor the state since the creation of the state.


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