By Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia
The leader of the All Progressives Grand AllianceÂ (APGA) in Abia, Mr. Alex Otti, has urged Abians to be patient and wait for their salvation comeÂ 2019, noting that the choice before them now is to terminate Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration next in order to enjoy good governance.
For this to happen, Otti said that the people of Abia State must take a firm standÂ on the choice they would make in the governorship election come 2019 as the people should prepare and join hands withÂ APGA to realise itsÂ urgent mission of salvaging the state.
He made the call in a good will message to Abians to mark this yearâ€™s Democracy Day, saying that the occasionÂ has offered Abians a good opportunity to assess the performance of Governor Ikpeazu who turned three years in office.Â
In the message entitled: “The urgency of the mission” signed by his media assistant, Ferdinand Ekeoma, the Abia leader of APGA said that it is so easy to see that the Ikpeazu administration has failed the people of Abia hence the urgent need for the people to take their collective destiny in their own hands.Â
â€œIt’s very easy to reach a conclusion that the present government has sadly failed to steer the vehicle of governance in a manner that would lift you from the doldrums of poverty and hopelessness, to a veritable economic pedestal that would show you hope and great opportunities,â€ he said.Â
According to him, there was hardly any sector of the Abia economy that has witnessed significant improvement under the present administration, adding that Abians should see 2019 as the crucial year when they would once again get the chance â€œto decide your socio-political and economic future as Abians”.Â Â
He scored Ikpeazuâ€™s government very low, noting that â€œsocio-political and economic indices clearly show that Abia remains on the downward spiral in agriculture, education, health, security, general infrastructure, industrialisation etc.â€
â€œThis alarming situation is a frightening reminder to the urgency of the mission of every Abia progressive. Remember, if the good men amongst us do nothing, the evil ravaging Abia would reach a point of invincibility,â€ Otti said.Â
The former bank boss alleged that the Ikpeazu government â€œeither by omission or commission seems to be squandering what’s accruing to the state while at the same time incurring debts without clear cut strategy and futuristic plan for repayment, thus planting a landmine for the Abia unborn generationsâ€.Â
Otti, who is preparing to once again challenge Ikpeazu for the governorship seat, said there was no need asking the Abia governor to turn a new leaf because â€œa bad government is a bad governmentâ€.
He said that he would rather ask Abians â€œto redouble your resolve and remain firm and resoluteÂ as we collectively look up to a brighter day which shall come to actualisation in no distant timeâ€.