The All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Abia State, Chief Ikechi Emenike, has pledged to restore Aba’s status as the commercial and industrial hub of the former region of East if elected in the 2023 elections.
He made a commitment to revive the town of Enyimba during a meeting with Aba stakeholders. Emenike said Aba would get priority attention if he gets the mandate to become Abia’s chief executive next year.
The gubernatorial candidate’s productive engagement with captains of industries, business leaders and cluster leaders drew prominent players from Aba’s business environment, who thronged the venue to the interaction to hear the APC gubernatorial hopeful outline his plans for Enyimba.
Stakeholders could not hide their impression in adopting Emenike as the consensus candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial ballot in Abia, describing him as the “most credible candidate with a compelling and achievable plan to bring about the resurgence of the moribund commercial city”.
According to them, after listening to other gubernatorial standard bearers, they have come to believe that the APC candidate has what it takes to lift Aba out of his current dire state, adding that other candidates lacked sincerity.
During the interaction, Emenike acknowledged the concerns of Aba stakeholders over the decadence of the city, noting that the 24 years of People’s Democratic Party governance has resulted in economic stagnation, insecurity and perpetual looting. from the treasure of Abia.
He assured those stakeholders who had already resigned themselves to fate and given up hope in Enyimba’s revival, that he was fully prepared to change the ugly narrative and so they should hold on to hope.
“We have clearly written in our manifesto what we want to do from the day we take power. And from that day on, the state will not be the same. Mark my words,” he said.
In her remarks, the candidate for the post of vice-governor, Mrs. Gloria Akara, lamented the near total collapse of economic activities in the city, which, according to her, was until then the pride of Ndigbo in trade, commerce and technological innovations.
However, she assured stakeholders that “with Emenike in power, Aba’s lost glory will be restored. Enyimba City will become popular again.
Unemployment will be dealt with. Dilapidated infrastructure will be rebuilt and the economy restored. Insecurity will give way”.
The APC candidate for the Abia South senatorial district, Dr Blessing Nwagba, said the state would no longer be entrusted to leaders without vision.
She rallied the people of Aba and the business community as well as all components of Abia South to support APC, saying that “everyone must be involved in the change we want”.
Notable members of the Aba business community present at the event included Chiefs Kalu Nnanna Kalu and George Nnanna Kalu, Sir Albert Okafor, Chairman of IOMA; High Chief Anayo Okeke, Chairman, Azikiwe Road Tire Dealers; Chief Chinkata Benson, Chairman of Factory Dealers and Allied Technicians, Port Harcourt Road.
Aba’s clergy have not been left out as some of its best members including Professor (Reverend) Frank Obasi, Reverends Joseph Nwankwo, Promise Agharanya, Joshua Ekpo and Kaycee Erondu as well as Pastors Stanley Nwankwo, Ikechukwu Joseph and Christian Okpokiri all graced the event.
Others were Sarkin Hausa, Alhaji Bello Shehu II, who was represented by Waziri Suleiman, Arewa youth leader Hossouni Amadu, and the secretary of the Anambra community supporting Emenike, Hon Clems Anekwe.