A Stalwart of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Sir Marc Wabara has advised party faithfuls in Abia State to work conscientiously towards achieving victory in the forthcoming general elections.
He harped on the criticality of unity within the APC in order to make the party more attractive to voters.
Wabara stated these on Saturday at his country home at Ohambele, Ukwa East Local Government Area in Abia State while hosting the new leadership of the Abia State APC led by Dr. Kingsley Ononogbu.
He said that since a new set of executives had emerged in Abia APC, it would only make good sense working with them in the overall interest of the party.
According to him, “This is the beginning of a process of coming together, uniting, looking at issues and carrying everyone along.”
He enjoined the new leadership of the party to ensure that the process of building a strong united party covers the whole of Abia State through meaningful engagements with leaders of the party.
In his own speech, the Chairman of Abia State APC, Dr. Ononogbu, said that contrary to the opinions held in certain quarters, he has been involved in party politics for a very long time.
He said it was obvious that there was a common interest of rooting out the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for its monumental disservice to Abia State, stressing that when an APC candidate becomes governor, the people of the State would enjoy more democracy dividends.
Ononogbu, who stated that it was the huge respect for Chief Sir Marc Wabara that the Executive Committee and some leaders in Abia APC decided to pay him a courtesy visit, expressed his commitment to treating everyone in the party fairly.
“No body will be treated as a second class citizen under my watch.”, he said.
The Chairman disclosed that the leadership position of Sir Wabara transcended Ukwa Federal Constituency, pointing out that it cuts across Abia State to the National Level.
He expressed the love of the leader of the party in the State, High Chief Ikechi Emenike for Ukwa people, adding that a pride of place is assured for them during the 2023 general elections.
Earlier, one of the major stakeholders of the party in Ukwa, Mr. Ezedinachi Kanu, called for a harmonisation of the structure of the party in the State, consideration of an Ukwa person for a deputy governorship position, return of the Abia South Senatorial position, which has been in Ngwa land for 15 years, to Ukwa land.
Other speakers at the occasion, among whom were Chief Chijioke Wabara, Chief William Nwanguma, ThankGod Ntaku and Dr. Babantah Cyril Baantah, extolled the outstanding leadership qualities of Sir Wabara, adding that since he joined the APC, the membership of the party has continued to grow in leaps and bounds.
They appealed to the new leadership of the party in Abia State to avoid such tendencies, as impositions, stressing that it could derail the mission of the party, which is to achieve victory at the polls in 2023.
Present during the occasion were the State Stakeholders Chairman, Engr. Chris Okpechi, former Commissioner, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Chief Nwogu Nwogu, State Secretary, Chief Chidi Avaja and State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Okey Ezeala.
Others were the Asst. Secretary, Engr. Sterling Chinwe Uruakpa, Barr. Ndukuba Rowland, Dr.Tom Otuka and Dr. Ik Ajuzieogu.