The Abia State PDP Chairman, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Asiforo Okere says the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Abia State is proud of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu over his achievements
Rt. Hon. Okere stated this while interacting with news men in Umuahia. He said “my party has no regret putting him forward as governorship candidate in 2015 and 19 respectively where he won the elections overwhelmingly. We in the PDP, we are very proud of him, if we have another opportunity to present him to Abians and to Nigerians, we would not fail to do that.”
According to him, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has made tremendous achievements in various sectors of the economy in the last six years of his administration. “the party is actually very proud of the Governor with his developmental strides, not just on infrastructure, even on human capital development and every sphere of life” He said, the Governor’s style is unique, saying that “most Governors do very well in the first tenure and in their second tenure, they slow down or even vanish but the Governor, coming to his second tenure has decided to step up the tempo and on daily basis, he initiates projects, he inspects projects and commissions the completed ones.”
Rt. Hon. Okere described the Governor as one who is ingenious, saying that if one studies the Governor’s five pillars of development and their enablers, the small scale businesses and industries ranks number one and “that is what Aba, Abia State is known for, doing things on our own, all manner of artsanship, trading and the Governor has capitalize on this deepened the development, taken our people to another level and I think it is the way to go” According to him, he is not surprised for the quantum of accolades the State receives as a result of the efforts of Governor Ikpeazu in changing the narratives.
He appreciated the political stability in the State under the leadership of Governor Ikpeazu and affirmed that, “that is one area the Governor has done well to stabilize the polity, not just the PDP, the State is not polarized, politicians can visit themselves, the Governor relates with everybody and that is what has been misconstrued in the many cases and circumstances is where people would say that Governor wants to leave PDP to join another party. He is only expressing his leadership role as the leader of the State” He said the relationship between the Governor, who is the leader of the party in the State and the party men is cordial, “we in the party, we are working hand in glove with him to ensure there is unity, there is harmony in the party.”
The party helmsman discarded the insinuation that some people are leaving the party and made it clear that people who hitterto had no political party and decided to join one cannot be taken as defecting from PDP to another party, emphasizing that “there is no reasonable person that would build a mansion, leave it like that and live in a canopy or live under the rain.”
He informed that people are moving into PDP enmasse saying that “people move into PDP on daily basis because our house is very large, we don’t have that much time like other parties that anyone that moves in, you go and celebrate it.
We have so many people, we have so many big wigs, so who are you going to celebrate? But for them, if they manage to catch a grasshopper, they go on social media and they make noise.” He added that “You can recall that it is now that people are beginning to see the good of PDP at federal level.”
The PDP State Chairman, who saluted the the Governor for being on top of the security situation in the State also scored the Governor high in the way he managed the covid-19 pandemic of 2020 and his current efforts in stemming the tides of the second wave of the pandemic and reducing the effects “both on the health of our people and on the economic situation of our people. Being a scientist, I think that gave him an edge over other people, knowing how to go about this pandemic” He pleaded with Abia people and residents to remain steadfast in supporting the PDP led administration in the State assuring that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu would continue to deliver the dividence of democracy to them.