Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has decried the socio-political and economic challenges facing Nigerians under the present APC adminstration saying the country requires visionary and courageous leaders to salvage it from the doldrums.
Governor Ikpeazu stated this at his Umuobiakwa Obingwa LGA country home when he received a PDP Presidential aspirant and Governor of Bauchi State,Sen. Bala Mohammed who was in the state to solicit support for his Presidential ambition.
He said: “Nigeria is in dire stress now. If you are confused about how difficult times are now, tune in to your radio or television, you will see poverty, anguish, anger and frustration and it is more difficult to find one thing working”.
Ikpeazu however said that for the country to survive at this time, citizens must pursue a collective interest rather than that of self.
He described Senator Bala Mohammed as a stabilizing factor among PDP Governors as well as a peaceful and experienced leader who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the society adding that the PDP family is proud to have senator Mohammed in its fold.
In his speech, the PDP Presidential aspirant and Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Muhammed said he came to consult with the Abia PDP stakeholders on his intentions to vie for the office of the President of Nigeria under the platform of PDP.
Senator Muhammad stated that having understood the dynamics of the Nigerian system, he is rededicated in reengineering the country adding that he would ensure an all inclusive government that would engage communities and rescue Nigeria from insecurity and conspiracy if elected.
He added that the Nigeria economy would be managed under him while the entrepreneurial skills of the South Easterners would be deployed to improve Nigeria.
The Bauchi State Governor said he was mindful of the sensibilities of South Easterners and is committed to fairness and equity, pointing out that he has been entrusted with responsibilities previously which he discharged creditability and would repeat such feat as President of Nigeria.
Responding, the PDP Chairman, Abia State, Rt. Hon. Asiforo Okere said the character, capacity and integrity of Senator Bala Muhammed is not doubt as he has demonstrated capacity in governance as the FCT Minister, Senator and currently the incumbent Governor of Bauchi State.
Okere, while noting that Senator Muhammad is not difficult to market, wished him well in his consultations.
Present at the meeting were the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Okey Ahiwe, members of the Abia state Executive Council, Expanded State Working Committee Members of the PDP among others.