Traditional rulers council of Ikwuano/Umuahia political bloc in Abia State has reaffirmed its decision to endorse the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), High Chief Ikechi Emenike.
The affirmation came at an expanded meeting of the royal fathers at Abam, Ubakala in Umuahia South local government area where they also kept to their promise of bringing on board all the other levels of leaderships in their various domains to support the governorship project of Emenike.
At the expanded meeting of the council of Ndi Eze held yesterday, 69 royal fathers were in attendance. They were joined by 120 village heads and all the presidents-general of the town unions in Ikwuano/Umuahia communities.
The Ugoezes (league of wives of traditional rulers) were also present in their full numbers to lend support to their husbands and also to assure them of their readiness to fully mobilise the women of Ikwuano/Umuahia to play their role in making a new Abia possible with their ballots.
It was the largest gathering of stakeholders so far to endorse the Rescue and Develop Abia (RADA) agenda of the APC governorship flag bearer and further stamp the Ajata na Igu declaring of December 31, 2022 in which the royal fathers adopted and endorsed Emenike, and told him “we want you to go for us”.
At the expanded meeting of the royal fathers, Ugoezes, village heads, and PGs, held at the palace of Eze Friday Ihuoma, Abam Ukwu II, the head of Abam Ubakala autonomous community.
The stakeholders solidified the stance of the royal fathers. They affirmed their unflinching support for the 2023 governorship project of whom they described as “our own son”.
Those that spoke on behalf of the various groups boldly declared their choice of Emenike as the only candidate they believe has the capacity, courage, commitment and the needed political will to shake Abia out of its present inertia to accelerated development.
According to them, the other 17 governorship candidates presented by other political parties have been scrutinised and found wanting in the task of building a new Abia after “the disappointing and regrettable long years the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been in control of Abia.
In his address, Emenike reiterated his burning desire to lift Abia out of the miry pit it was plunged into by successive inept leaders foisted on the state by the ruling party.
He said that Abia cannot do without having building blocks of development in order to create a sustainable environment of job opportunities, flourishing of commercial and industrial activities and expanded and steady flow of revenue to the coffees of government.
The APC governorship hopeful urged all eligible voters in Abia to ensure they collected their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) and use them to vote out the old order of retrogression and usher in a new Abia that would take its rightful place as well governed developed state in Nigeria.