Rt. Hon Asiforo Okere, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Chairman in Abia State, says the leadership of the party is proud of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s developmental strides in the state.
The PDP Chairman said the Abia Governor has recorded tremendous gains in various sectors of the state’s economy in the last six years of his administration.
Okere stated the party’s position while interacting with newsmen in Umuahia, Wednesday. He also lauded the political stability in the State, which he attributed to the Governor’s uniqueness and tolerance despite party affiliation.
The former Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly reiterated the party leadership cordial relationship and supports to the Ikpeazu-led administration, in its unrelenting efforts in providing more dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
The Party Chairman, also saluted Governor Ikpeazu for being on top of the security situation in the State as well as the precautionary measures taken by the government in handling the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and also current efforts in stemming the tides of the second wave of the pandemic and its effects.
Okere 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 dividends of democracy to them.
His words, “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 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.
“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. The Governor’s style is unique. 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.
“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 represents. Abians are known for doing things on our own, all manner of Artisanship and trading. The Governor has capitalized on this to deepen development, and taken our people to another level”.
Continuing, the PDP Chairman added, “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, where people would say that the Governor wants to leave PDP to join another party. He is only expressing his leadership role as the leader of the State.
“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, are working hand in glove with him to ensure there is unity and harmony in the party”.
The Abia PDP chairman also used the medium and discarded the insinuation that some people are leaving the party.
He made it clear that people who hitherto had no political party and decided to join one, cannot be taken as defecting from PDP to another party, stressing 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.
“People move into PDP on a 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 bigwigs. 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. You can recall that it is now that people are beginning to see the good of PDP at the federal level.”