Ahead of the 2023 general election, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Isiala Ngwa North/South Federal Constituency, Barr. Chijioke Ikpo, has inaugurated four campaign structures: Ikpo Ambassadors, Ikpo Progressive Women, One Voice Victory Movement and Ikpo Women for Change.
The structures and it’s composition is made up of APC faithful across the length and breath of Isiala Ngwa North and South Federal Constituency.
Speaking on Tuesday, at Nbawsi Township Stadium, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Isiala Ngwa North/South Federal Constituency, Barr. Chijioke Ikpo, said if only the mammoth crowd that trooped out to witness the occasion will be sincere and shun double standards, he is convinced that APC will win the election.
He regretted that many youths and women have acquired certain skills, but finance to start up has been an impediment, promising that if elected, he will, by the grace of God, ensure that start-up packages are offered to those in need.
Barr. Ikpo wondered why a representative at the National Assembly should build houses for his constituents as empowerment, noting that what the people need is capital to grow their own businesses and be self reliant, urging them to try him for four years to see what he has in store for the people of Isiala Ngwa North and South Federal Constituency.
He frowned that those they elected in the past deprived them of essentials of life as they have continued to siphon monies meant for their constituents, maintaining that he is going to be their representative so as to touch lives and bring dividends of democracy to their door steps.
Speaking while inaugurating the members of the structures, the former Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Martins Azubuike, reminded the members of the various structures that they are lucky to be chosen to perform the task of working assiduously for the success of Barr Ikpo.
He charged them to be focused in their mandate and shun any form of double standards, stressing that if they put in their best to ensure the emergence of Barr. Ikpo, they will reap the reward bountifully.
Rt. Hon. Azubuike who emphasized the need for members of the structures to deliver on their mandate, expressed optimism that the duo of Barr. Chijioke Ikpo and Alex Chubuikem who have years to spare in the political landscape, have all it takes to lead the new face of APC, assuring that they will not disappoint if elected.
He charged them to go all out to woo people for Ikpo, stating that Abia yearns for change as the state has been relegated to the background for too long, reminding them that 2023 elections will be different as there will be no room for writing of results and announcing same later, maintaining that INEC’s Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), will be deployed to the fullest.
Earlier, the candidate of the party for Isiala Ngwa North in the State House of Assembly, Alex Chibuikem, who commended the mammoth crowd for their support, charged them to persevere in their struggle to liberate Abia from bad leadership. He charged members of the structures to guard against disunity.
He promised them that working for Barr. Ikpo and other APC candidates in the election entails dedication and commitment, assuring them that they will never go unrewarded.
Contributing, the Campaign DG for Barr. Chijioke Ikpo, Hon. Joshua Onyenkwere, said members of the structures are people who are committed and have served the APC in various capacities, charging them not to repose the confidence reposed in them by engaging in double standards.
On their part, Co-ordinators for the four structures: Chibuikem Ikpeama, Mrs Gold Nwanosike, Mrs Ngozi Egege and Chief Okechukwu Aluforonye, said their mandate is clear, promising to deliver all the APC candidates at the election.