By BONIFACE OKORO
ALL Progressives Congress, APC, Abia State chapter, has vowed to end what it called “palace installation of leadership” in the State.
Chairman of Abia APC, Chief Donatus Nwankpa, who made this assertion, maintained that only Abians, through their votes, would choose their leaders in 2019 as the era of imposing leaders on the state was over.
“Peoples votes will count in 2019. So, it is no longer the palace leadership installation in Abia. The people’s decision will be supreme. Only Abians will elect their leaders this time around at all levels – House of Assembly, House of Representatives to Senate and Governorship. The era of allocation of votes is over,” Nwankpa said while receive a team of APC chieftains at the Azikiwe state Secretariat, Umuahia,
The team was led by retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Barr Azubuko Udah.
Nwankpa expressed optimism that APC would win Abia governorship contest come 2019.
“God has made it that come 2019, Abia will witness a change and an APC governor will emerge,” he said.
According to him, Abia “APC is growing in all ramifications in human indices because of the quality of human beings coming into the party,” who, he said, “have strategic roles to play in our victory come 2019.”
He alleged that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)- led government in Abia was “suffering from what I call frustration psychology.”
“There is frustration and that frustration has set panic in them and there is no hiding place.
“The hiding place is the ballot box and that ballot box will vindicate the just,” he added.
He said that APC would field popular candidates in 2019 who they were sure would clinch victory at the polls, adding that APC candidates would emerge through free and fair primaries as there would be no automatic tickets.
In his remarks, Barr Udah enjoined the APC faithful to work hard to ensure victory for the party in 2019, saying that Abia was under-developed, hence the need to salvage the State.