The United Progressive Party (UPP) has signified its readiness to vie for the control of Abia State government house in 2015 with the emergence of a former deputy governor of Abia state, Chris Akomas, as its flag-bearer.
Akomas was presented before party supporters during the maiden national conference of UPP at Aba during which the national chairman/presidential candidate of party, Chief Chekwas Okorie, presented him with the party’s flag and charged him to roar like a lion and take control of Abia.
He was given the party’s flag along with two other gubernatorial candidates, Chief Osmond Ukanacho, for Imo State and a female candidate, Hajia Binta Rufai, who would carry the party’s banner in Kano State.
The UPP governorship candidate for Abia was a deputy governor between 2007 and 2010 when he fell out with his then boss, Governor Theodore Orji and went ahead to become the governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and ran against the governor in the 2011 poll.
Speaking with journalists after his presentation, Akomas said he was comfortable emerging the governorship candidate of a very young party, saying that the party would go places with the zeal and energy of a young person.
“UPP is young, it is clean, it is ready and growing (and) when you are young there is a desire to grow,” he said.
He said he was not in doubt about the potentials of UPP and the capacity of the young party to perform well in the 2015 general election, citing the PPA which as a young party in 2007 was able to take control of two states, Abia and Imo, thereby surpassing many of the older political parties.
The former deputy governor said the blue print he produced in 2011 on how he would drive development in Abia remains as relevant as it was four years ago, adding that he would only dust it up and fine tune it to achieve his great dreams for God’s own state.
He said there was no reason why Abia State should lack basic amenities such as pipe borne water and good roads, adding that any person aspiring to preside over the affairs of the state should have no excuse to fail in providing amenities.
Akomas said the peaceful conduct of the UPP primaries was an indication that the party was truly united and democratic unlike the major parties whose governorship primaries produced double candidates in some states.
According to him, the emergence of two governorship candidates in a state, each claiming to be the authentic flag bearer of a political party was enough indication that things were not properly done as should be done in a democracy.