Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has saluted the courage of Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, stating that the political lessons he has learnt from him (Fayose), has assisted him in his political life and the administration of his state.
Ikpeazu, who spoke over the weekend during the burial ceremony of his mother which Fayose attended, listed some of the virtues he has learnt to include identifying with the people and how to handle intricate political issues among others.
A statement signed by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, noted that Ikpeazu had visited Fayose twice in the last seven months and gained some insight as far as leadership and occupying political position are concerned.
The statement said, “Governor Ayodele Fayose is a courageous man, a voice for the voiceless, a defender of the weak and defenceless, a brother, a leader, a friend and a leader of the people. A consistent man, known for speaking the truth all the time. He told me few things that worked for me perfectly in the state. He is a man I love and respect so much and I salute his courage.
“He has been governor twice and he is far experienced. He has encouraged me in deed, character and in words. I pray that God will give me the opportunity one day to be able to show my appreciation to him and how I feel about him. He is a man I love and respect so much and I salute his courage,” Okpeazu said.
In his remarks, Fayose who described the Igbo people as not only industrious, but dogged, said he was certain of Ikpeazu victory at the Supreme Court.
Speaking on the political situation in the country, he said “The nation should resist dictatorship otherwise this democracy is doomed. Those that are applauding dictatorship now will soon end in the belly of the dictator.”