The Social Democratic Party (SDP), in Abia State has lashed out at the chairmen of the party in the seventeen local government area of the state over purported adoption of the Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate and the incumbent Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, as the SDP sole candidate for the March 9 governorship poll in the state.
The party disclosed that its leadership in the state had already taken decision to sweep them (the chairmen) away over alleged incompetence, and inability to deliver SDP in their various units and wards in the just-concluded 2019 Presidential and National elections.
Advocate had reported on Tuesday, that the spokesman of the 17 SDP LGA chairmen, Mr. Chijioke Ozems, while addressing newsmen others at NUJ Abia press centre in Umuahia, stated that their adoption was based on the need to have peace in the state, which according to him, can only be achieved if equity is maintained by allowing Ikpeazu to finish his second term.
Reacting in a press conference held on Tuesday evening, at the State SDP secretariats, in Umuahia, Hon. Chidi Nwosu, the Abia State chairman of the party reaffirmed Dame Blessing Nwagba as the gubernatorial candidate of the party, stating that the party remained intact and would not succumb to whims and caprices of the PDP in aligning for the forthcoming polls.
His words, “The SDP as a party cannot be said, not to be on the front line of liberating state. The Social Democratic Party, Abia state, is not aware and not to our knowledge that some of our local government chairmen can posture the way they have.
“Secondly, our governorship candidate is steadily, fastly and committed to the race of being the governor of Abia State, come March 9. In fact, we held a meeting and reviewed the performances and stances of the party after February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections. We found most of the LGA chairmen, very very incompetent, because, they could not deliver.
“Most of them could not even present results sheets from the various units where elections held in the three senatorial districts of Abia, in the 184 wards and the 4,062 units as announced by INEC.
“The State leadership of SDP was already taking a decision to sweep them away for non performances. And if what they have done is to jump out through the window, they have done that hastily. I am unequivocally restating that SDP Abia State is still intact, well committed to lifting the state from the doldrums.
” If marriage is something that could go by, with a very handsome man going to marry very ugly woman. The PDP is a failing party. Their performances in the just concluded presidential and national Assembly elections is a proof, we know what their scorecards is like.
“Can we also think of aligning with an administration that has failed Abians. Not at all, SDP cannot. Anybody who is doing that, is doing that for a spoon of porridge. And I heard that the state governor has promised to give those people one million naira each. And I’m asking the governor, instead of giving one million naira each to non performing SDP LGA chairmen, he should use that money to redirect to unpaid pensioners