Commercial activities almost came to a standstill in Aba on Monday as youths from the Ukwa Ngwa ethnic group held a victory rally.
The rally tagged “show of force” was to celebrate the victory of one of Its own, Chimaobi Ebisike in the Aba federal Constituency bye-election held on Saturday, March 27.
Some federal and state lawmakers as well as high government officials from the zone led a procession through major roads in the Enyimba city. It terminated at the Aba Town Hall where a large crowd gathered to hear from their representatives. It was like a mini-carnival as masquerades entertained the people.
Darlington Nwokocha representing Isiala Ngwa North/South federal Constituency in the House of Representatives fired the first shot by describing the event as a practical demonstration of the unity and love that exist among the Ukwa Ngwa people.
A member of the Abia State House of Assembly representing Aba North state Constituency, Aaron Uzodike, described last Saturday’s victory by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as an acceptance of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration and the reaffirmation of the confidence reposed in him.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Speacial Duties, Erondu Uchenna Erondu, strongly condemned the alleged comment by former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu that the federal government was the one reconstructing roads in Aba and not the Abia State government. Erondu gave former Governor Uzor Kalu one week to prove his case or apologize to Abians and the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
Hon. Ginger Onwusibe representing Isiala Ngwa North state Constituency in the House of Assembly, also spoke on the occasion.
Speaking further on the victory rally, the former Transition Committee Chairman of Aba North local government area, Mr. Charles Esonu- a lawyer said “the event is to thank Aba people for their support.
There has been protest vote against the PDP because of many years of infrastructural decay in the commercial never centre of the state.
But today, Aba people have resolved to reciprocate the gesture and the hand of fellowship extended to them by the leader of the party in the state, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who took it upon himself to transform the city. If you look at all the nooks and crannies of Aba, the roads are being fixed. This is unprecendeted and the only thing Aba people can do is to tell him, “Thank you by voting for PDP in future elections”.