A retired Naval captain, Jerry Obike Ogbonna has declared his intention to contest the 2019 governorship election in Abia State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Ogbonna vowed to sack the incumbent Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, if offered the APC ticket, describing the present leadership in the state as a colossal failure.
Speaking with DAILY POST in Umuahia, the Abia State capital on Monday, Ogbonna said the Ikpeazu administration had nothing to offer or show on ground since assumption of office.
The APC Chieftain, said that what Abians needed presently was transparent and visionary leadership and frowned at the alleged misappropriation of public funds by the Ikpeazu government.
According to him, “PDP is the major problems Abians have. You can see, there is no infrastructure in the state. Abia money is being used to acquire houses in Abuja. Recently, the Governor said he sent 100 shoemakers to China to undergo skill production. Ikpeazu should explain how 3.5 billion naira was used in sponsoring the shoemakers to China.
“He has nothing to show on ground. The roads, he said he is constructing watch and see that after one year, the roads will fade out. Abia is a shame to Igbo race. Abians need total change. Abia need a new face to solve the myraids of problems facing her.
“Also, I’m calling on all Abians to shun political moneybags who are only interested to offer you money as election is approaching. Once you collect money from them, you are mortgaging the futures of children and unborn”.
On the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek reelection in 2019, the politician said Buhari deserved second term to enable him have more time to rid Nigeria of corruption, which according to him, had impeded the economic development of the country.
He said, “For me, the problem of Nigeria is corruption. Just imagine the level of stealing that went under the immediate past PDP government where some certain individuals that worked under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration milked the common wealth of the people.
“As far as this country is concerned, corruption is the bane of Nigeria’s problem. And the way out is for all Nigerians to support the present federal government’s effort in the fight against corruption.
“The level of looting that went under PDP government cannot be forgotten. And Mr. President needs more time, I mean, he deserves a second term in office to enable him consolidate on the gains made so far by his government.”