Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Abia State, Elder Cassidy Agbai has called on Abia people to vote massively for the governorship candidate of the party, Chief Nyerere Anyim in next Saturday’s governorship/ state assembly elections.
Agbai in an interview with Nigerian Pilot said that the state would benefit more if it is connected to the national political grid.
“The odds favour Nyerere greatly. He hails from Abia south, precisely Obingwa where the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu hails from”.
He continued:” The people of Abia South, especially the Ngwas stand to lose nothing from Nyerere’s victory because it is still one of their own”.
“The gesture has multiple benefits because for both Abia South and the state in general: It will ensure equity and justice that an Abia South candidate from the Ukwa- Ngwa extraction is elected. Also, the state will not be in the opposition rather in the mainstream,” he said.
While thanking President Jonathan for conceding victory to Buhari, Agbai said that Buhari’s emergence as the president of Nigeria will turn around so many things.
According to the former Abia State Chairman of the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP all those fears entertained about Buhari’s leadership are imaginary and unfounded as this is democracy and not military government.
“The fears are imaginary and unfounded and should be disregarded. There are democratic institutions to checkmate whatever excesses any president may wish to exhibit”.
Meanwhile, a political pressure group, Abia Change Agents, ACA, has congratulated President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari for emerging winner of last week’s presidential election after three previous attempts.
The group has also in line with the trend of events, endorsed the All Progressive Congress, APC governorship candidate, Chief Nyerere Anyim as the governor of Abia State.
In a statement in Aba, the chairman of the group, comrade Nnamdi Chidiebere in congratulating Buhari said the group was happy at the emergence of the former military Head of State as the winner of the polls.
Comrade Chidiebere said as agents of change, it was their belief that Buhari’s victory would not only bring sanity to the system, but also dividends of democracy particularly in Abia state which had suffered deprivation over the years.
He said notwithstanding the manipulations that took place after the election that denied the president-elect of the vote of the people, it was Abians belief in him that made a front line traditional ruler in the state, HRH (Eze) Isaac Ikonne to give him the chieftaincy title of Ogbuagu 1 of Aba when Buhari visited him at his palace in Aba in the course of his electioneering.
“It is Abia peoples’ belief in what the president-elect can do that made HRH (Eze) Isaac Ikonne to confer on him the title of Ogbuagu 1 (killer of lion) of Aba when he came on campaign.
“We are not surprised and are much delighted that Buhari has after three unsuccessful attempts, finally killed the lion”.
The group also said it was totally endorsing the candidacy of the APC in Abia State in the April 11 governorship polls, Chief Nyerere Anyim.
According to the chairman of the group, “When the out-going president visited Aba some weeks ago on campaign tour, he urged residents of the city to vote for the PDP governorship candidate so that they would work together to develop the state if they won”.
He said that now the President Goodluck Jonathan had lost the election, it would be unwise for Abians to vote in the candidate of a party which will be in opposition at the centre from May 29.
His word, “When the out-going president visited Aba some weeks ago, he urged residents of the city to vote in Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of the PDP so that they would work together for the development of the state.
“Now that the president and PDP have lost out and APC is going to form the government at the centre, it will be expedient for Abians not to make the mistake of voting PDP which is going to be in opposition as from May 29, into power in the state.”

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