22nd May, 2022
By Leo Okachie/Umuahia
A Lagos-based security consultant, Mr Otisi Ukiwe, has formally declared his aspiration to contest for Abia governorship position in 2023.
The 39-year-old is the son of the former Military Vice President, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd.).
He seeks to run on the platform of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
He said that he would pursue five-point agenda, capable of tackling critical development challenges in the state, if elected.
Addressing ward, local government and state party executives at the party’s Secretariat on Azikiwe Road, Umuahia on Saturday, he promised to tackle insecurity.
He also promised to provide infrastructure, ensure the rule of law, inclusive governance and a functional health system.
The governorship hopeful promised to ensure the independence of the legislature and judiciary.
He expressed worry over the failure by successive administrations to develop the state.
According to him, the state is richly endowed with human and material resources and should have no business with underdevelopment.
“There is no reason Abia should be faced with serious issues of poverty and gross underdevelopment.
“We have the resources and capacity to develop the state and ensure prosperity for every Abia person.
“We should not leave the state for those who care only for themselves and their families and careless about millions of others.”
He promised that his administration would ensure it delivered Abia, code-named “God’s own state”, back to God and the people.
“So let us work together to liberate our state,” he said, adding that ADC had provided them the platform to do so.
Ukiwe said that he would ensure a robust relationship and collaborate with both the Federal Government and development agencies to drive development.
He promised that his administration would provide good governance and transparency.
“I am going to be accountable to the people so you can hold be accountable for every action we would take, when we come into office,” he said.
Chairman of the party, Mr Don-Norman Obinna, said that “ADC is not just a political party but a movement of people, who are fed up with maladministration.
“ADC is a party for those who want to make a change in the affairs of the state.
“It is a child of necessity which came into being in Abia because those entrusted with our common patrimony as our leaders have shortchanged us.
“If we fail to liberate the state from them, it means our children would grow up to also serve them,” he said.
He expressed delight over the leadership crises rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
He described the crises as an Act of Providence to pave the way for ADC to take over the Government House in 2023.
“These crises are a good omen for us because by the time APC and PDP are done with their problems, only ADC will be in the ballot paper,” Obinna said.
He argued that Abia’s problem is PDP which had been in power since the return of democracy but had nothing to show for it.