Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
The governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, Onyekwere Akym Uche, has told the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that Abia is not its birthright or inheritance.
Uche, who was reacting to a plea by PDP’s new governorship candidate, Chief Okey Ahiwe, that “Abians should not allow PDP to die,” said it was a wishful thinking for the ruling party to regard Abia as its acquired estate.
The AA governorship hopeful in a press statement by his Campaign Organisation, accused the PDP of stagnating the state since it took over power about two decades ago.
According to the statement signed by Chioma Klaus, PDP will soon become an opposition party in the state “as Abia voters have become wiser.”
The AA governorship candidate who said he was coming to re-set the state and actualise the dreams of Abia founding fathers, alleged that PDP supervised the underdevelopment of the state.
He challenged the ruling party to present its scorecard as it campaigns for re-election in the coming polls.
The statement made available to Ikengaonline read in part: “For a party that has turned Abia roads into the pothole capital of the South-East, emasculated the local government for 15 years and counting, moved the command and control center of governance to one community, abandoned our primary healthcare centers and public schools etc., hoping to be rewarded with another four years in power is the height of wishful thinking and heartlessness!
“We expected PDP and Okezie Victor Ikpeazu to dwell on the so-called achievements of his party in the last 8 years as they campaign for votes. That should be the easiest way to campaign for a party confident in its scorecard.
“Instead, they are trying to hoodwink and blackmail Abian’s to reinforce failure by presenting PDP as the perpetual heir to the Abia Government House irrespective of their abysmal performance in power so far.”
Uche told PDP that it would no longer be business as usual in the forthcoming polls as Abians would choose merit above imposition and unreasonable continuity.
“Unfortunately for PDP and its governorship candidate, Ndi Abia are now wiser; the scale of sentimental politics has fallen off their eyes.
“This is why every road is now leading to the AA where Onyekwere Akym Uche is presenting a very systematic blueprint to fix Abia State where the hands of every Abian’s will be on the deck of governance…”
The Isuikwuato-born Economist insisted that apart from competence, it is the turn of “I” representing Isuikwuato Division in the Abia acronym to produce the next Governor according to the Abia Charter of Equity being the only bloc yet to take a shot at the seat of power.