The gubernatorial flag-bearer of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, in Abia State – Enyinnaya Chima Nwafor – has vowed to rescue and rebuild Abia State as well as lovingly restore the dignity of its citizenry if he’s elected the governor of the state in 2023.
In an interactive session with the people of Ohuhu in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state, held at Nkwoegwu Civic Centre on Monday, Nwafor – an engineer – said he was aware of the problems bedeviling the state and promised to work hard to confront them head-on from the day he’s sworn in as governor.
Recognizing that Abia is blessed in human and natural resources, the soft-spoken, calm and charming businessman said he would take maximum advantage of those to work for the betterment of the state.
“I want to solemnly make a pledge to you today that I will be a governor for all Abians,” he vows. “I will use all the blessings God has given this great state of ours to work for the state and make it the envy of other states in the federation. I give you my word.”
Earlier, in a welcome remark, the YPP’s candidate for the Umuahia North State Constituency in the 2023 general election in Nigeria, Nnaji Obed Asiegbu, extolled the virtues of Nwafor, calling him a humble, humane, urbane, dedicated, hardworking and patriotic Abian and thanked him for finding time to come and interact with the people of Ohuhu – the largest of the five clans that make up Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
He also referred to Nwafor as a great, unassuming leader who sleeps, wakes and eats thinking of how to uplift Abia and Abians.
Agreeing with Asiegbu’s remarks, the Abia State chairman of the party, Chimex Nelcin Uluocha, said Nwafor and the party were on a mission to completely transform Abia State. He said none of the candidates from the other parties jostling one another to become the governor of the state in 2023 possessed anyhing close to the leadership qualities of Nwafor – who’s fondly, popularly called Nana.
Uluocha urged the mammoth crowd who came to welcome and listen to Nwafor to cast their votes for him next year so he could emerge the winner of the governorship contest.
Some stalwarts of the state’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party – including Ifeanyi Igboanulam, a high chief and community leader – took advantage of the opportunity the event presented to formally defect to the Young Progressives Party and were warmly welcomed by the party’s leadership.