President Goodluck Jonathan has called on Abians especially Aba people to vote for the governorship candidate of the PDP in the State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and other candidates of the party in the coming elections whom he will work with in Abuja to better the lots of Abia people and Nigerians.
According to him, Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State is a key city and industrial hub which needs the support of the federal government to grow, adding that the job will be made easier when proven candidates are given to him to work with.
Speaking at a town hall meeting with the Aba business community at the Aba Sports Club, the President stated that Aba needs a lot of federal government presence.
He noted that no State government alone can improve infrastructure and made it clear that Aba needs a lot of federal government presence.
According to the President, he owes a lot for the people of the South East who he said have supported him fully, pointing out that he is stronger politically in the South East than in any other part of the country.
He promised to do his best to uplift the South East zone and to address the issue of power in Aba and other matters affecting the city which he said had been brought to his attention by the State Governor including converting the Abia Polytechnic, Aba to a federal institution.
The President assured that he will quickly wade into the problem hindering the take off of the Geometrics power company with a view to resolving it.
In his speech, Governor Theodore Orji thanked the President for finding time to visit Aba before the election, at least to give confidence to Aba people that he cares for them and reassured him that Abia vote will be intact for him.
Also, the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu expressed confidence that Abia people will vote for President Jonathan and the Party and promised that greater attention will be paid to Aba during the second tenure of President Jonathan.
In their separate speeches, representatives of the various business bodies including the Aba Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture ACCIMA, Medical Doctors and the traders union among others pleaded with the President to address the issue of power and other infrastructural challenges in Aba and pledged to vote overwhelmingly for PDP.