12th August, 2010
No fewer than 20 aspirants across the various political parties have declared their intention to run for the governorship election in Abia, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN reports that the posters of the aspirants adorn strategic locations, defacing all available spaces and important monuments in the state.
Prominent among the aspirants are the incumbent, Chief Theodore Orji (APGA), Chief Ikechi Emenike (PDP), Chief Uzodinmma Okpara (PDP), Chief Damian Ozurumba (PDP) and Chief Henry Ikoh (PDP).
Others are Mr. Paul Ikonne (AC), Chief Stanley Ohajuruka (PDP) and Kelvin Ugboaja former PPA chieftain.
Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to Abia governor on Media and Publicity, Chief Anthony Agbazuere said that the flurry of aspirants that had declared interest to oust the incumbent was not a threat as the governor had done his home work well.
â€œThese are people we know too well and how they fared in politics. So, there is no cause for alarm,â€ he said, adding that the incumbent was not losing sleep over any one of the aspirants.
Agbazuere, who said that aspirants had the civic right to sell their manifestoes to the electorate, added that such needed to be done with some measures of responsibility in order not to endanger the peaceful disposition of residents.
â€œWe urge aspirants to toe the path of honour in their quest and not to make utterances that will heat up the polity.
â€œThe state governor is not afraid of any of the candidates because he has shown that he is the best for the state, at least for now and has won the confidence of the masses.
Agbazuere said that the passion and zeal the governor had to transform the state had made him order all contractors handling projects in the state to get back to their respective sites with or without rains.
He said that since the wind of positive change began in the state that government had rehabilitated two federal roads in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the South East, adding that most internal road in the city were at some stages of completion.
He said that the state government had exhibited the political will to return Aba to its former glory and urged residents of the city to cooperate with contractors and not to dump refuse in the gutters.Â â€œIt is necessary that residents of the state give the government the support to sustain the ongoing revolution as government has decided to stop at nothing to ensure that all encumbrances are removed,â€ Agbazuere said.