Okezie Ikpeazu, a governorship aspirant for Abia governorship election has promised to ensure the industrialisation of the state if elected in 2015.
He made the promise on Wednesday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen shortly after picking the PDP nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the election.
The aspirant said that Abia was a unique state with five areas yearning for development, adding that he would build on the legacies of the administration in the state.
He said that he would also improve on the state’s security, build agro allied industries and attract foreign investors to the state.
The aspirant added that he would explore the waste to wealth scheme by establishing recycling plants and ensure positive utilisation of waste generated for the benefit of the people.
He, however, dismissed rumours that he was being sponsored by Chinedu Orji, the son of the governor, Theodore Orji.
He stressed that he did not need the endorsement of anybody to contest the governorship election.
“My primary concern is to articulate my vision and aspiration, if you have a brilliant idea, people will buy it,” Mr. Ikpeazu said.
He said that though consensus was good and could be preferable, it would not stop the people of the state from producing a governor in 2015.
Ben Dimkpa, from the Ogoni area of Rivers state, was also at the PDP national headquarters to pick the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the state governorship.
He urged politicians with the pedigree to contest the PDP primaries to come out for the contest.
He commended the immediate past Minister of State for Education, Nyeson Wike, who is a PDP leader in Rivers for ensuring that the party remained strong in the state.
He said he would support whoever emerges as the party’s candidate at the primaries slated for November.
Abdallah Wali, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Morocco, was also at the PDP national headquarters to pick the party`s form to contest Sokoto State governorship election.
He said that he was contesting the election because his people desired him to govern them having consulted extensively with the stakeholders.
He expressed optimism that the PDP would reclaim the state in 2015.
Mr. Wali said the state was at the lowest level in terms of development in spite of it abundant human and mineral resources, adding that he would reverse the situation if elected.
A former Governor of Oyo State, Alao Akala, was also at the PDP national headquarters to pick a governorship form to re-contest the state governorship election.