Aba(Abia)-The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Abia, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has promised to run a private sector-driven economy if elected for the benefit of the people.
He also promised to strengthen service institutions to ensure residents benefitting from such services rendered their financial dues to the state without complaints.
Ikpeazu made the promises during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after an event at Umuorji Ohanze-Isiahia to merge Mr Acho Nwakamma’s campaign team with his.
Nwakamma, a former Deputy Governor of the state from Umuorji Ohanze-Isiahia, Obingwa Local Government Area, contested the PDP governorship primary election but lost.
“We want to ensure that we are no longer going to depend on revenue from oil because we are not getting much.
“Abia is a marginal oil producing state, not a major oil producing state. Believing it is a major oil producer is a mistake and a distraction as far as we are concerned.
“Our people are very good in the area of commerce and we should lay more emphasis on that area of economic development and that is what we are thinking about.
“Aba will be a destination for leather works, for fabrics, and garments. Abia should also be a destination for tourism because there are things we could do and these are the areas we are looking at. In a nutshell, a private sector-driven economy”, Ikpeazu said.
During the event, Ikpepzu told the people of the area that having served over 15 years as local government chairman and special adviser, he had gained enough experience to lead Abia satisfactorily.
Nwakamma said that the meeting was called to merge his campaign team with that of Ikpeazu in obedience to the party’s directive to all the aspirants who lost at the primary election to support the winner.
He called on all his supporters and kinsmen to support Ikpeazu and his Okezuo Abia team. (NAN)