Umuahia stands still as Uche Ogah declares for Abia governorship, swears to resign if after 2 years he doesn’t deliver
By Steve Oko
Umuahia the Abia State capital literally stood still Thursday as oil magnet and business conglomerate, Uche Ogah, formerly declared for the 2019 governorship race of the state.
Azikiwe Road leading to the state secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as well as the adjoining streets were completely locked down and closed for traffic for over three hours that Ogah and his mammoth crowd of supporters were at the APC office.
His supporters as well as Umuahia residents defied the heavy showers to catch a glimpse of his long convoy as it passed through the streets.
Addressing the leadership and members of the party at the party’s office, Ogah said he had “heard the cries and felt the pains of Abias and decided to offer himself to liberate them from political bondage.”
He said he had the capacity, vision and passion to put Abia back on the path of greatness.
Ogah swore to resign if after two years into his four -year single tenure, if voted to power he fails to deliver.
He said he was in a hurry to rescue and transform Abia State.
“The liberation of Abia is beginning today. I have come to serve and not to rule. I am in the governorship race to make a difference not to play politics.
” I will bring my wealth of experience and success stories in the private sector to bear. I envision a bright future for Abia. Together we shall fight and defeat the cabal and bring true freedom to our people.
” My administration will wipe away the 20 years of PDP misrule in Abia. I need only four years because I already know what to do. If after two years I fail to make a difference I will resign “.
Ogah said Gov Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State had “stolen” his economic blue print, declaring that Abia will witness the kind of massive infrastructural revolution currently going on in Lagos if he is voted into power.
He also said he would prioritise the welfare of Abia workers and pensioners promising that under his watch civil service will again be coveted.
Ogah who said he would banish clannish mentality as he would ensure even development across the state added that he would give attention to youth empowerment for self reliance.
He said there would also be aggressive agricultural revolution as witnessed in the days of late Dr. Michael Okpara.
Ogah who regretted that “almost everybody in Abia today is a politician due to lack of job “, promised to industrialise the state and create enough job opportunities for the teeming youths.
He further hinted that he had made up his mind not to run for election again but was compelled by the people to make himself available to serve
Responding, APC Chairman, Hon Donatus Nwankpa said the party paraded a galaxy of most qualified governorship aspirants in the state.
He said the party had decided not to impose any candidate on the people, hence its adoption of direct primaries.
The measure according to him will give the party members across the state the opportunity to choose the most popular candidate.
He described Ogah as a very disciplined and well organised fellow who, if given the opportunity could transform the state, and wished him well in his ambition.
Nwankpa said equal opportunity would be given to all aspirants of the party.
Ogah the only governorship aspirant so far from Abia North will be contesting with the likes of former Deputy Governor, Chris Akomas; ex-Speaker, Martins Azubuike, and Friday Nwosu all from Ukwa Ngwa bloc.
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