Prof. Uche Ikonne, has officially declared his intention to run for the Governorship position of Abia State, under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Addressing party leaders and faithful at the PDP Secretariat along Finbarrs Road, Umuahia on Thursday, the academia, said if given the ticket to carry the flag of the PDP in the State, he will bring his experience, maturity, commitment to bear, adding that excellence will be his guiding principle.
Prof. Ikonne, said he has something extra, something that stands him out from other contestants visa viz: experience, maturity and excellence pointing out that this came from years of working with other eminent Abians like Prof S.O Igwe, among others who tutored him on human and capital development.
The former VC Abia State University, noted that in the world today, people are looking for intellectuals to galvanize them as well as cordinate things beyond rhetorics, adding that while others were doing politics in the field, he was also serving the State as an academia.
He said it has become imperative that Abians vote someone with International exposure, to provide quality leadership, appealing to the Chairman of the party to give him the ticket, revealing that history will be kind to him for giving ticket to a man who knows and understands what it means to develop human and material resources.
He pledged to work with aspirants across board if given the ticket so as to reflect the slogan of the campaign which is “Uche Ndi Abia” which will make everyone smile.
Responding, the PDP State Chairman, Right Hon. Alwel Asiforo, on behalf of the State Excos, welcomed Prof Ikonne and his team, adding that if they had ended the sell of form last 10 days, they would have missed a scholar.
He commended the quality of aspirants in the race, maintaining that all the aspirants, will be given a level playing ground.
Right Hon. Asiforo, stated that power belongs to the people and as such the delegates will elect who represents the party emphasizing that the primary is a family affair just as he warned the media team against attacking other contestants in their campaign messages.