Indigenes and non-indigenes of Aba South and North Local Government Areas have adopted Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as their consensus candidate for the Abia South Senatorial election.
Speaking during the Civic reception held at the premises of Aba Town Hall which also witnessed the adoption of other PDP candidates, Governor Ikpeazu appreciated the people for organizing such event in his honor and promised to make them feel the impact of federal presence in the zone within his four years in the Senate.
Governor Ikpeazu who disclosed that when he goes to the Senate, he will develop a working synergy with the Federal government that will lead to the reactivation of work on the Aba – Port Harcourt highway and the Aba – Ikot Ekpene highway, in addition to other areas of intervention.
He said that his administration since 2015 has been building human capacity and infrastructure which will not end until his last day in office as the Governor on May 29th next year adding that asphalt work which is the last stage of work has commenced at Faulks road through Brass junction as promised.
The Governor also explained that with the level of progress already achieved in the state, a tested administrator with verifiable records like Prof Uche Ikonne should take over as Governor for sustained progress in the State and promised that their team will not disappoint the citizens.
In his remarks earlier, the Convener of the event and Commissioner for Agriculture – Prof Ikechi Mgbeoji said the Civic Reception is to thank Governor Ikpeazu for rebuilding Aba with numerous strategic roads, appointment of their people into political positions which have made the City the greatest beneficiary of this government.
In their various speeches, a former Chairman of Aba South LGA – Chief Chukwudi Dike, a former Chairman of Aba North – Chief Victor Ubani on behalf of their people thanked Governor Ikpeazu for bringing pride to the PDP through his monumental achievements and promised to work for his senatorial victory as well as other candidates.
The Chairman ASMATA – Chief Lucky Akubueze on behalf of traders in the state, Chief J.C Mbonu who spoke for all Town Unions from different states and Chief Okezie Erondu for Government functionaries from Aba said that Governor Ikpeazu has shown capacity in governance as evident in the reconstruction of Azikiwe road, Osusu, Osisioma interchange among other roads noting that their PVCs are ready for his election.
Responding on behalf of the adopted candidates, Chief Chimaobi Ebisike said that the support of the Traditional Rulers in Aba together with the people towards the project shows great satisfaction from every group and promised not to disappoint them.
Highlights of the event were the conferment of the title of OHAZURUMEE OF ABA on the Governor by the Traditional Rulers from the two Local Government Areas and the motion for adoption moved by Chief Cherechi Nwogu from Aba South and seconded by Chief Charles Esonu from Aba North.
Our Aba Zonal Correspondent Chinyere Francis Anyaogu reports that a former Deputy Governor in the State Chief Acho Nwakanma, a former National Assembly member Chief Uzo Azubuike, Director General OVI for Senate Campaign Organization – Chief Thomas Nkoro, Chairman of Aba North Local Government Area – Prince David Ikonne, his Aba South counterpart, Mr. Clinton Ebere were among dignitaries at the event.