I ‘ll build sea port in Ukwa, hand over power to Ukwa if elected gov – Abia guber aspirant, Lucky Igbokwe
By Steve Oko
A frontline governorship aspirant of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, Mayor Lucky Igbokwe popularly known as Don Lulu, has vowed to build a sea port at the historic Azumini Blue River in Ukwa East, if elected Governor in 2023.
The governorship hopeful who made the promise when he consulted with delegates and stakeholders from Ukwa East ahead of the PDP primaries, regretted that Ukwa land is replete with a lot of potentials capable of launching the entire state into a major econiomic hub, but they are unharnessed.
He expressed concern that Azumini Blue River which is less than 20 nautical miles away from the deep sea, the shortest in Nigeria, does not have a sea port.
It will be recalled that Azumini Blue River served as a mini sea port during the era of slave trade from where slaves were ferried overseas but after the Nigeria/Biafra war, it was relocated to Onne, Rivers State by the Federal Government.
Mayor Igbokwe who expressed concern over the gross marginalisation of Ukwa clan in the politics of Abia State, also promised to nominate Ukwa person as his running mate, and hand over power to Ukwa clan after his tenure.
” If I become Governor, I will set up a sea port at Ukwa. Azumini Blue River is less than 20 nautical miles away from the deep sea.
” Ukwa land has oil, it has palm oil, it has enough potentials to drive the economy of Abia State.
” All that is needed is a visionary leader and sincere person to harness them for the good of all”.
Igbokwe said that if elected, he would not be a clanish leader but spread development evenly across the state like his late uncle, the late Premier of the defunct Eastern region, Dr Michael Okpara.
He also promised to re-invent Okpara’s agric revolution to engage the teeming youth population for self employment.
The governorship hopeful disclosed that his Foundation, the Don Lulu Foundation, had already commenced a farm clusters capable of housing between 10,000 to 20,000 chicks.
According to him, 15,000 youths from the state will be engaged in the scheme, adding that the beneficiaries upon graduation, will receive interest free loans from N650 million credit facility.
He challenged the delegates to vote according to their conscience and resist the temptation of voting for the wrong candidate because of monetary inducements or undue influence from political god fathers.
Igbokwe also appealed to elders of the party to allow the delegates vote according to their convictions and not teleguide them into voting for an ‘annointed’ unpopular candidate.
” The youths should be allowed to take charge of their destiny. The era of telling us who to vote for is over. We have followed the elders’ directives enough. We should take charge now.
” My fellow youths, I challenge you to break away from the bondage of being led like sheep. Don’t sell your conscience. Vote for the candidate of your choice. We are where we are today as a result of this harmful practice in the past”.
Mayor Igbokwe promised not to disappoint the people if given the opportunity to serve as Governor.
” I’m from Ohuhu land the home of the great M. I Okpara. We have been tried once in Okpara and we delivered. Try us again and we will not disappoint!”
Responding, stakeholders and delegates from the area commended him for his courage and frank remarks, promising to support him.
Leader of Ukwa East Legislative Council, Hon. Beatrice Mejuru, said Igbokwe is vibrant and could deliver if given the opportunity.
Similarly, former PDP State Woman Leader, Mrs Stella Igbokwe, said Igbokwe is highly endowed with wisdom to fix the state if given the opportunity.
She said that the stakeholders would sit down and study his manifesto with a view to taking an informed decision.
PDP Chairman in Ukwa East, Sir Godfrey Okechi Nwohu, described Igbokwe as an energetic aspirant with convincing manifesto.
Some of the stakeholders at the meeting included: Commissioner for Tourism, Tony Nwanmuo; a former Commissioner, Ossy Nwanmuo; former Council boss, Sir Okere Uwa; Chief Bob Nwuzo, among others.
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