Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the main opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abia State, have been described as different faces of the same coin.
Abia State Chairman of the National Rescue Movement, NRM, Mr. Joseph Ulu, who made the description accused both parties of strangulating Abia State and milking its economy dry.
He said that members of both parties who had at different times occupied positions of authority in the state, acted like locusts and caterpillars, and ate up the state’s economy.
The NRM Chairman, vowed that both parties would be chased out of the state in 2023 as a sign of rejection by the people.
Ulu who stated this while addressing newsmen in Umuahia after the State Congress of the party, accused both PDP and APC of holding the state down.
“These parties that do road projects only on radio and television do not deserve to remain in power. By 2023, we will retire all of them and rescue our dear state”.
According to him, members of both parties are all one and same people who have been switching camps based on when it favours them.
The NRM chairman who accused both parties of taking control of power through manipulation of election results, expressed delight that with the signing of the New Electoral Act, the era of stealing the people’s mandate is gone.
Ulu urged Abians to clean up the political space by voting PDP and APC out of power in 2023 , and voting credible candidates to move the state forward.
He charged the 21-man State Working Committee inaugurated by the party to launch aggressive membership drive and mobilise voters in support of the party’s candidates in the 2023 elections.
Some of the newly-inaugurated members of the Executive Committee include the Secretary, Paul Oriaku; Youth Leader, Kalu Anya; State Woman Leader, Mrs Ngozi Nathaniel, amongst others.
He called on Abians to support credible candidates from minor parties who have the interest of the people at heart.