Amb. Bishop Emeka Micheal Nwankpa PhD has decleared to join the Abia state gubernatorial race under the platform of Accord Party.
Amb. Emeka made the declaration at the party’s secretariat in Umuahia, the Abia state capital on Friday.
Supporters of Amb. Emeka came out en masse to show their support for their preferred candidate.
During the declaration speech of Amb. Emeka, he expressed dissatisfaction on the developmental pace of Abia state. He described the state of Abia as irritating and nauseating.
In his own words: “It is absolutely irritating even nauseating that after 30 years of it’s creation from old Imo state has unfortunately remained grossly underdeveloped. It is senselessly but dramatically remained a case of one step forward and two steps backwards.”
Amb Emeka also expressed disappointment that the state government still leaves in a rented apartment as government house.
He also laments that Basics amenities as pipe borne water is not accessible in Abia while the “workers are owed several months of salary arrears.”
“Workers are owed several months of salary arrears, which include: the core civil servants, parastatals and agencies, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, health workers and Pensioners.
“Despite being enlisted as one of the oil producing states,our dear state, quite tragically, has the worst road network in Nigeria, just as our commercial nerve centre, Aba, which is registered as the economic hub of the South East, is like a slum while our acclaimed international market like Ariaria, Ahia Ohuru and Timber Market, Umuahia, Cemetery Road Market, Ubani Ibeku Market, Aba Shopping Mall, Ngwa Road Market are all in a sorry and terrible condition. Amb. Emeka said.
Amb Emeka revealed that “the state is tired down by recycled old and corrupt politicians. Godfatherrism and revenue leakage, multiple taxation, infrastructural decay, total negligence of our Youths and the need to change the entire template of governance that has bedeviled Abia.”
Amb. Emeka assured that he will widely consult and create a government that will not only listen to intellectuals and technocrats but will as well meet the needs and aspirations of the youths and women. He also added that if given the mandate, he will change Abia in four years and will be felt in all 17 local government areas of the state.
On his part, The Accord Party State Chairman, Engr Uma Ogbonna, said the party was registered in 2006 and was lucky not to be among the political parties that were de-registered during the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC verification exercise, adding that it was because of the party’s track record and integrity.
He said that he asked God to bring to them an anointed candidate to represent the party, describing Bishop Emeka Nwankpa as the chosen one that will take the state to it’s next level of development.