The former governor of Abia State and the Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District at the senate, Senator Theodore Orji has said that he would retire from active politics in 2023 after serving for 8 years in the Senate if he wins the 2019 elections.
Orji said though it is always difficult for politicians to voluntarily retire from active politics, he would be an exception as he would do that to show example and that politicians can retire honorably.
He said that his retiring from active politics is that he will no longer seek for any elective political position, “From 2023, I will still be in politics but would not run for any elective position but would rather play the role of a father, mentor and guardian”.
Orji, who spoke through Ifeanyi Umere, his liaison officer in Umuahia, also named maturity and experience as the factors that make him and his successor, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu maintain cordial relationship.
He also said that Governor Ikpeazu has done well to earn his support, adding that the Governor would even win the 2019 elections to do a second term, just like others before him served out their two terms.
Orji said, “In 2023, I will quit active politics; I don’t know if there are politicians from Abia State that have done that; retired voluntarily. Politicians hardly retire. The 2019 election will be the last election I will participate in for myself as an elective person and I am sure, very confident, that I am going to win not minding the antics of the opposition”.
On the cordial relationship with his successor, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Orji attributed it to his experience and maturity which has ensured that they enjoy mutual respect and understanding.
He said, “The secret of the cordial relationship between me and my successor has been maturity and experience. I am a mature man and I am an experienced person. I have got this experience before now”.
“So I use my good experience to follow the incumbent Governor. The relationship is based on mutual respect and understanding which will continue even when he leaves office as the governor of the state”.
He further said that Ikpeazu has done well to earn his support, insisting that the governor would win the 2019 governorship election in the State to enable him do two terms as those before him did.