- The adoption of a consensus candidate will ensure victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia state
- This is the opinion of a former governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011 in the state, Prince Paul Ikonne
- According to him, he has the blueprint on what to do to move Abia forward
A chieftain of the APC in Abia state, Prince Paul Ikonne, has said the party will record victory in Abia state in the 2019 general elections if all stakeholders in the state chapter of the party settle for a consensus candidate.
Ikonne stated this after he obtained his nomination and expression of interest form at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, to contest the party's Abia governorship ticket.
The former governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, however, assured that if given the opportunity as the candidate of APC, he will make Abia conducive for business.
He further said he will “put Abia where it belongs, knowing that the people of the state are business oriented and take the state to a high.”
When asked for his opinion on whether the party should conduct the primary election using direct or indirect system, Ikonne said: “As long as our party come together with a consensus candidate which we will eventually go for, we will come out strongly.
"Those trying to destabilize the party one way or the other will cave in by God's grace and key into this course for us to rescue and take Abia to a greater height."
On the adoption of indirect primaries, Ikonne said: “It depends on the peculiarities of states and the environment. The party national leadership are very wise, but there are peculiarities, like in Abia, indirect primaries and consensus will definitely give us what we want.
“Stakeholders are yet to meet, we are still going to meet, and by the time we meet, we will come out with a blue print of the way forward.”
On what he is bringing to the table if given the opportunity to fly the party's ticket, Ikonne said he is coming in with a fresh idea, adding that he would add value to governance and ensure better life for the people of the state.
His words: “By God's grace, I'm the founding father of APC in Abia, as the governorship candidate of the ACN then which was the major merging party of the APC. I have been in the party and I have worked for it and still working for it.
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"During the 2015 general elections, I organised the presidential rally in Abia which was successfully and adjudged the best rally.
“I am from Aba, the Eyinmba city and by God's grace age is on my side and I have served in government and I have good understanding of the way government functions. I have blueprint on what to do to move Abia forward and above all, I have the grace of God more than any other aspirant.”
Meanwhile, the battle for tickets in the APC, worsened on Monday, September 10, as different factions in the party across the country took battle positions ahead of the party’s primaries holding later this month.
The war cries were especially raised in Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, Cross River, Delta and Yobe states.
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