Abia State Governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, has taken a swipe at Senator Smart Adeyemi who described him as a “champagne drinking man”.
While contributing to a motion on Safe School Initiative in Nigeria last week, Adeyemi said Abia is governed by “drunkards.”
The lawmaker was apparently responding to a social media post linked to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is from Abia.
Abaribe had allegedly cast aspersion on Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
Speaking at the official presentation of Abaribe’s autobiography “Made in Aba” in Abuja on Monday, the Abia governor said he would not run after Senator Adeyemi naked in public.
Governor Ikpeazu said: “I don’t drink (alcohol) and I don’t begrudge those who drink.
“In other countries where there less problems than ours, people discuss big issues of economic growth, big issue of infrastructural development. They don’t talk about what people do and what people do not do.
“For us leaders, we ought to be mentors to the young ones. What you say and how you carry yourself, things you say and the time you say them speak a lot about how serious you are as a leader. And that should be the size of my response.
“I will end by quoting what Chinua Achebe said in his book: ‘if a mad man picks your cloth while you are in the bathroom and takes off, and you go after him naked, nobody will know who is mad.’”