By Emmanuel Amadi, Umuahia
Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has restated its resolve to take over the government of the state come 2019 from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking in Umuahia during a visit of a member Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, Prince Benjamin Apugo at his Nkata Ibeku residence, the leader of the group, Senator Chris Adighije said that the party is focused towards taking over the state.
Adighije said that the visit was to reconcile all warring stakeholders of the party in the state to enable the party take over Abia in 2019, stressing that the reconciliation exercise was initiated by the Abia APC caucus members.
He said that the visit is a landmark in the life of APC in Abia state, stressing that APC in the state can now boast of having prominent personalities, Ministers and Senators.
Adighije appealed to the elder statesman to take them as one family so that the party will win in 2019 governorship election in the state, adding that his fatherly advise and experience is highly needed at this point in time.
In his response, Prince Apugo expressed displeasure over the manner, the party is being run by the present State working committe of the party and pledged to bury his differences with the state executives of the party.
Apugo also accepted to work with Chief Donatus Nwamkpa led SWC to take the party to a greater height, stressing that united they stand while divided they fall, “We are ready for the challenges ahead”.
He decried the underdevelopment of Abia state, Apugo blamed former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu of being the architect of the present woes Abians are facing today in the state by installing Chief Theodore Orji as governor of the state.
He alleged that the immediate past governor looted Abia for eight years with nothing to show on ground as his achievements, pointing out that due to massive looting perpetrated by him, the present governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has failed to perform his duty as governor.
The frontline politician therefore, charged the Abia state Working committee of the party to redouble their efforts and reposition the party to enable APC form the next government in the state.