Abia Gov’ship: PDP Stakeholders Settle For Ex-VC, Ikonne

Tue May 24th, 2022 - Abia

Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State have endorsed the aspiration of Prof. Uchenna Ikonne, a professor of optometry and former vice chancellor of the Abia State University, Uturu to become the next governor of the state.

The stakeholders arrived at the position ahead of the party’s governorship primaries scheduled for between tomorrow and Thursday.

It was gathered that leading figures in Abia decided to settle for Ikonne after a strong argument by the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led cabinet members on the need to give every part of the state a sense of belonging.

One of the leaders of the party said last night that although Ikonne is from the same Abia Central with Ikpeazu, he is from the Old Aba Division, not the Ngwa Bloc, where the incumbent governor comes from.

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He said, “We realised that even if the Abia Central Senatorial District is still in power now, giving the ticket to Ikonne would just mean reversing the flow of the zoning principles in the state. It means, having gone round Abia North to South and now Central, the central is starting the process again. That is what real equity is about. We cannot continue to talk about zoning between the three zones without thinking of the old blocks in the state.”

A Government House source however said that the PDP was not unaware of the strength and weakness of the party in the state. He said that the party is weak in the North, dominated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu. The party is also strong in the South Senatorial District, led by former Governor Theodore Orji and in the Central now.

“We know that Kalu came into power from the Old Bende Bloc; Orji came from the Old Umuahia Block and Ikpeazu is from Ngwa Land. What happened to the Old Aba Division, now merged into the Central District? Those are the considerations”




source: Leadership