AA guber candidate, OAU formally unveils plans to rebuild Abia
By Steve Oko
The governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, Onyekwere Akym Uche popularly known as OAU, has formally unveiled his blueprint for the state, promising to rebuild the state if given the opportunity.
OAU who formally declared for the race at the party secretariat Ugwunchara Umuahia on Friday, said that under his watch, Abia would witness rapid economic growth and infrastructural transformation.
The Isuikwuato -born US -based Economist said who said he was in the race to bring a new and desired change, promised to make Abia truly ” number one” if elected.
He said that he came from a humble background and was on a mission to put smiles on many faces particularly the youths, the poor, women and widows.
” My Government is the one that will bring change to Abia and end the sufferings of the people”, he declared.
In his speech entitled:” A New Abia is Possible”, OAU said : ‘My decision to join the gubernatorial race of our dear state at this auspicious time was borne out of my burning desire and passion to rescue Abia from political servitude and economic emasculation.
Continuing he said:”It’s a product of wide consultations and self conviction that time to stop watching from the sidelines but actively participate in the efforts to rescue Abia has come.”
He promised to transform Abia into a role model state if elected at the March 11 governorship poll.
“It is on this premise, that I , therefore, make myself available to give Abia a new hope. I have come to change the narrative of our dear state from underdevelopment and retrogression to a progressive pace-setter state.
“I have come to do things differently for the good of all; I have come to end the sufferings of our people. Yes, a New Abia is possible under my watch.”
OAU who identified lad leadership as the major albatross of the state regretted that Abia had become the least-developed state in the South East, but promised to change the narrative.
“I have taken time to understudy and analyse the goings-on and the deplorable state of affairs in Abia State, and came to a factual conclusion that the major challenge in the state is BAD LEADERSHIP. The woes of Abia State are traceable to a twin – source of leadership ineptitude and corruption.
“Lack of vision and endemic corruption by the present and past administrations in the state have been the only reason Abia is the least-developed state in the South East. Today we have become a laughing stock among our sister states including Ebonyi State that was ‘yesterday’ carved out from Abia but today we are crawling behind all of them due to leadership failure and iniquitous corruption.”
He blamed lack of development in the state on greed and avarice by present and past leaders.
“Those who were privileged to superintend over the affairs of the state did not only abuse the opportunities given to them to positively affect lives but regrettably embarked on insatiable chase for wealth.
“They criminally converted funds meant for the development of the state into their private possessions. Today, Abia has few individuals many times richer than the entire state while majority of Abians are wallowing in abject poverty.
Our infrastructure has virtually collapsed; our roads (both state and federal) are now death traps; and our health institution almost crippled by incessant strikes by heath personnel due to salary arrears.”
He also regretted the condition of the critical sectors of education and health and promised to rebuild them.
“Today, the public school system in the state is in its lowest ebb. But for private schools, Abia would have topped the list of education-disadvantaged states in the country. It’s only shameful that two of our tertiary institutions – Abia State University Uturu, and Abia State Polytechnic Aba, built and effectively managed by previous administrations, lost their accreditations under the watch of the current education -unfriendly administration.
“Abia State University Uturu has lost the National University Commission, NUC accreditation to admit medical students, and is under the threat of losing the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria MDCN, accreditation which will make it impossible for the once prestigious citadel of learning to graduate medical doctors.
“The sad implication made worse by the continuous mass exodus of doctors to foreign lands for greener pasture, is that Abia is faced with acute shortage of doctors in the near future.
“Today doctors in the state have been on indefinite strike over 25-month salary arrears owed doctors in ABSUTH, and 14 months owed their counterparts at the Health Management Board, HMB. Primary School teachers and their Secondary School counterparts have all lost count of the number of months they are owed their wages. Pensioners seem to have grown weary of protests to get their pension which is a peanut considering the current economic realities.
“In view of these and other embarrassing situations that leadership failure has plunged our dear state into, I have come to make a change. Yes I have come to address the age-long leadership deficit in Abia; correct the anomalies of the past; and instill pride in our people.
“OAU has come to return Abia to the path of excellence and offer hope to our teeming youths. I have come to rebuild our common heritage; create a sense of belonging among Abians; and tackle our internal contradictions.”
He said that he would not depend on monthly allocations from the Federation account to run the state but generate revenues internally for development.
Speaking earlier, the State Chairman of the party, Tony Orji, described OAU as a political Messiah sent to rescue and rebuild Abia.
He said that the state had suffered so much in the hands of bad leaders and needed immediate rescue.
Orji urged Abians to vote massively for the AA candidate who he said had the vision and capacity to birth a new Abia.
He later handed over the flag of the party to the governorship candidate.
Earlier, Abia Students in tertiary institutions adopted the AA governorship candidate as their preferred candidate for the forthcoming governorship race, saying time has come for a youth to mount the leadership saddle of the state.
Master Christian Ojike ( a.k.a Bishop), who spoke with Wawa News Global said past leaders of the state should vacate the scene and give the youths chance to prove their mettle.
The declaration even was massively attended by party faithful and supporters of the AA candidate.
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