Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, yesterday submitted his governorship nomination forms and boasted that even his enemies acknowledge that the state is the Small and Meduim Enterprises (SMEs) capital of Nigeria.
Ikpeazu, further said that his administration has placed the state on a path of irreversible sustainable development, adding that the Made-In-Aba initiative has gone beyond the shores of Nigeria.
He said, “For the past three years in Abia State we have succeeded in placing Abia on a path of irreversible, sustainable development running on our five pillars of development which include: trade and commerce, agriculture, oil and gas and promotion of small and medium enterprises.
“Today, even our worst enemies acknowledge that Abia is the SME capital of Nigeria, courtesy of the benevolence of God almighty.
“Our promotion of Made In Aba has gone beyond the chores of Nigeria, Africa indeed and I am happy and pleased to say that our innovations in agriculture have also seen new vistas and the massive infrastructural development that has opened up our market, opened up our major cities and ensure that trade and commerce begin to flourish once again.
“I know that whatever is good is ordained by God. And I can say that it is the wish of God that we continue in this trajectory,” he said.
Similarly, an aspirant from Kaduna State, Dr Muhammad Sani Bello, after submitting his forms, said “We are currently witnessing maladministration in Kaduna State and the people are asking for a change.
“I believe I have what it takes, the experience the competence to meeting the aspirations of the people.”
He said “PDP is very strong. We used to have one senator now we have two and Kaduna is the only state in the North west with two senators.”