INNOCENT OKONKWO, Asst News Editor
Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has said that only the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and people of the state can determine who succeeds him in 2015.
He dismissed claims in some quarters that he has anointed a candidate for the governorship seat, stressing that he would not impose any person on Abians.
According to a release by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, Governor Orji stated this while commissioning some projects in the state capital, Umuahia recently.
Orji reiterated that whoever emerges as his successor must be the choice of the majority of the people of the state, adding that such a person must come through the primaries.
“The only process I know is through the primaries. Any anointed candidate if there is anything like that must come through the primaries, nothing more, nothing less because it is both the party and Abians that must be involved in the process of electing the person. I cannot impose any person on Abians, the person that will emerge as my successor must be the choice of the majority of Abians. He who passes through the primaries is my anointed person,” he said.
On the clamour to represent Abia Central in the Senate, Orji said, “the urge has been tremendous and I have seen that if you don’t answer the clarion call, you are going to fall out with your people. The urge is not only from Abia Central, it’s also from Abia North and South, this is the first time it is happening in this state that people are calling on a sitting governor to go to the Senate. “The form was bought for me not with my money but stakeholders in the state went to buy the form for me to show how serious they are. Well, at the appropriate time, I will speak on the issue and I will invite the Press on my position.”
He said the projects he commissioned on the occasion was in line with the covenant that he has with Abians in service delivery, noting that such projects have direct impact on the people’s lives . The governor stated that he will remain focused to service delivery until his last day in office.
He said, “The focus is simply to continue to positively impact on my people who have at any occasion given me massive support. They deserve all the democracy dividends that I can afford and will stop at nothing to continue to provide it for them. We want our people to know that these projects are for them and when you commission them, they will know about it. Some of them don’t know about the facilities, so by commissioning them, you make them to be aware as the commissioning will create awareness on the existence of such facilities.
“Like in the health sector, as we were going round and commissioning the projects they were following me, and they were witnessing the facilities that we are putting on ground. The projects I commissioned were many, ranging from internal roads, schools, transportation parks, bus terminal and our up-graded Amachara Specialist Hospital where we have added well equipped Emergency Section, 100-bed ward, laboratories and administrative block. Very soon we will invite journalists for other ground breaking commissioning. We are sensitizing transporters that very soon they will move to the bus terminal so that we can decongest the urban area. Why we are doing all this is to make our people realize that these facilities are on ground for them to use.”
Governor Orji also dismissed the criticism that he has concentrated development in Umuahia to the detriment of Aba as false describing such allegations as the handiwork of mischief-makers.