Ahead of the 2023 gubernatorial election in Abia State, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr Tom Otuka, has called on the governorship aspirants in the party to support the guber ambition of Ikechi Emenike.
Otuka, which said such support is necessary to retrieve the state from the present state of poor governance brought about by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also called on Abians irrespective of political, ethnic and religious affiliation to rally round Emenike in his quest to become governor.
The medical practitioner-cum political leader of Ukwa land made the appeal in a chat with newsmen on Tuesday.
According to him , the sorry and deplorable state of Abia under successive PDP governments in the state have reached such a boiling point that , only some one with the required political will, like Emenike can save the state from total collapse.
Otuka noted that with the level of decay, maladministration, crass ineptitude and monumental corruption that characterize all facets of the structure of the state, Abians need a strong willed and disciplined character like Emenike to change the narrative.
According to the APC chieftain, since Emenike has so far done his own part by way of sacrificing his time, energy, and money in the struggle to liberate the state, it then behoves all men and women of good conscience in Abia to give him all the needed support so that together Abia could be saved for the sake of unborn generations.
“When you consider the cost of purchasing the gubernatorial nomination form of the party, the time and energy required to traverse the nooks and crannies of the state to campaign, you will agree with me that Emenike has done his own part in the liberation struggle.
“He has shown the readiness to lead the battle for the emancipation of Abia state from godfatherism, nepotism, corruption and mismanagement. Our duty now as Abians, is mainly to rally round him ,and give him all the support so that together Abia state will be repositioned, ” Otuka said.
He therefore called on those that have so far expressed interest in contesting the governorship position on the platform of APC to show patriotism and selflessness by joining forces with Emenike to save Abia first , noting that part of the reason why PDP and the cabal in the state have been having their way in the state ,has been the lack of unity among the well intentioned people in the state.
“We are not saying that all the people that have so far shown interest in contesting on the APC platform are not qualified, or competent. No. They are in fact eminently capable. But the fact still remains that everyone can not be governed at the same time. We can serve in other capacities.
“We can be part of the liberation of the state from several other positions. It most not be only as the Governor. My argument is that , the evil forces within the state have been riding to power and control of the state mainly based on the division within the rank of the good people of Abia.
“This time , I am appealing to all us in the vanguard of emancipating Abia to place the overall interest of the state and it’s long suffering people above our personal interest. Posterity will not be fair to us, if we allow our personal interest and ambition to deny Abians this great opportunity to be set free, ” Otuka posited.
According to him, the worst thing that can happen to Abia state is for the present Governor, to be allowed to have his way in planting his surrogate at the Government House.
” He the governor knows that he has performed abysmally. From recent developments arising from the brouhaha over his strange zoning formula in their dying PDP, it is even evident that he has also failed his godfathers. In Ngwa land, it is only the psycophants around him that will present a contrary opinion.
“Aside them Ngwa people know that the governor has failed them. it is only himself and a few cronies that he has not disappointed. And that is why he is desperately looking for a way to plant his surrogate at the state,S seat of power as cover. Abians should therefore open there eyes and be courageous to stand up and say enough is enough,” Otuka said.