Abia 2015: The Ikpeazu project must not fail
By Enyinnaya Appolos
How do I begin? Ok, let me start by saying that this project, the Abia
2015 governorship election on the PDP platform, with Okezie Ikpeazu on the
wheels, must not fail. Yes, it must not fail. This is something every
right thinking Ukwa/Ngwa person must take to heart. If this project fails,
God forbid, the generations unborn of Ukwa/Ngwa will never forgive those
of us who are here today for not doing the needful.
For the first time in the history of Abia State politics, our brothers and
sisters from Abia North and none Ngwa in Abia Central, have all agreed
that an Ngwa must rule Abia in 2015. The PDP rapped it up by zoning its
governorship ticket to Abia South, and Okezie Ikpeazu PhD, by the special
grace of God, with the support of Governor T.A Orji and stakeholders of
the state, emerged the candidate of the party at its primaries.
In the past, the Ukwa la Ngwa people have made frantic efforts to ensure
that one of us become governor of the state, but all of the effort failed,
largely because the efforts where made on opposition platforms. And again,
the other divide of the state never supported us then. The Otu Onu
struggle led by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is still fresh in our minds.
There is no gain saying that; the Okezie Ikpeazu's candidature as the PDP
governorship flag bearer, is the closer an Ukwa/Ngwa man has ever gotten
close to the governorship seat of Abia State since the beginning of human
race, this is the reason we, Ukwa/Ngwa people, must do everything humanly
possible to ensure that Okezie becomes governor of Abia state in 2015. We
are all condemned to ensuring this happens this time.
First, we must thank God Almighty for anointing Okezie Ikpeazu for this
assignment. Secondly we must thank God for using Governor T.A Orji to
ensure this dream become a reality. Then, the PDP as a political party,
Abia Stakeholders must not be left out in the appreciations.
Therefore, I call on our Ukwa/Ngwa brothers and sisters to see this
project as our life, and as a task we must accomplished as a people, with
God helping us. The governorship project of 2015 is bigger than any person
among us. It is not about Okezie Ikpeazu, neither is it about those close
to him on the project, but it is about the Ukwa/Ngwa race, our unborn
generation and entire Abia. Therefore, any of us who thinks that his
personal and parochial interest is bigger than this project, ala ukwa la
Ngwa ga ikugbu onye obu, Ndi Ichie Ukwa la Ngwa are watching.
Those of us shouting about other parties that is not PDP, must remember
that we have fought this battle from the opposition standpoint in the
past, and lost. The lesson we learnt is that we can't get it from the
opposition. That is why the PDP is the only choice now, and we have made
the right choice with Okezie Ikpeazu as the PDP flag bearer.
God anointed Okezie Ikpeazu, and he also needed the endorsement of Abians,
including the Governor to become governor. Therefore, we are not ashamed
to say that Okezie has the endorsement of the Governor Orji and other
stakeholders of the state.
Permit me therefore, to remind supporters of Alex Otti and others who are
today, castigating our dear Governor T.A Orji and Okezie Ikpeazu that they
are being clever by half. Before he left the PDP for APGA, Alex Otti, did
everything he can to get the endorsement of Governor Orji. It is on record
that Otti lobbied serious with money and everything at his disposal for
Governor Orji to endorse him to become the PDP candidate, but Governor
Orji told him that Abia is not for sale.
Otti also denied his paternity as an Arochukwu man, and claim to be come
from Isialangwa just because he wants to be governor. He didn't stop at
lobbying Ochendo and denying his paternity, he went up to Abuja and
lobbied in dollars, he was told the same gospel truth that the wind of
equity and justice is blowing. From Anambra, where former governor Peter
Obi insisted that someone from Anambra North becomes governor after him.
It is happening in Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi State etc, the case if Abia
can't and must not be different.
If Otti can tell his supporters the truth, he will tell them that he
recovered part of the money he gave in dollars to people in Abuja, when he
decamped to APGA. So calling Governor Orji and Okezie Ikpeazu names will
not make Otti governor, it will rather fast track the emergence of Dr.
Okezie Ikpeazu as governor in 2015.
Just like every other candidate, Okezie Ikpeazu is seeking the endorsement
of all Abians. He already has the endorsement of the entire Ukwa/Ngwa
race. He has the endorsement of the PDP and that of Governor Orji. But
that is not enough, he is also seeking your endorsement! So vote him to
become the next governor of Abia state. Please endorse and support him.
Together We Can…Okezuo Abia…
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