Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) parallel Governorship candidate for the April 2011 elections in Abia State, Chief Ikechi Emenike, has warned his supporters against violence, saying that he does not approve of the use of force to bring about the needed change of government in the state.
At a Town hall meeting with stakeholders from Abia North and Abia Central Senatorial zones in Umuahia, Monday, Emenike urged all his supporters to vote for the PDP on election day irrespective of whose picture appeared on the ballot paper, but vowed that he would pursue his Governorship ambition to the end and would not be party to any form of negotiation with the government.
“We are not fighting with anybody, we are not negotiating with anybody. Go out to vote for PDP whether it is Emenike’s picture that is there or not but by the grace of God we will take over,” he said, urging his followers to be law-abiding.
The Journalist and World Bank consultant assured his supporters that he was still very much in the Governorship race, stressing that withdrawing from the race was not an option as he does not even have the capacity to do so.
He stated that he does not see the contest as do-or-die affair, but was only standing for justice.
Since the unilateral dissolution of the Abia State PDP executive committee and the appointment of the Senator Emma Nwaka-led caretaker committee by the National Working Committee of PDP and later ratified by a state congress, the party has been divided.
Some chairmen of the Local chapters sympathetic to Emenike are challenging the action in court.
Emenike told his supporters to disregard the rumour that he has withdrawn, left PDP or has been settled.
“I am in PDP. I won’t leave. I will not withdraw or be settled. What is at stake is so much. I don’t even have the capacity to withdraw in order not to disappoint the youths. This is an inspired mission and God is with me,” he said.
He said he would pursue the court case to the apex court after which he would leave the outcome to God, adding “my governorship ambition is not a do-or-die affair.”
Emenike, who used the opportunity to present his running mate, Dr. C.C.Okwuonu, also responded to issues raised by members of the audience and assured them of fixing the state and attend to every sector if he climbs to power.
Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Prof Mba Uzoukwu, urged Abians to make effective use of the ballot in voting out non-performers in government. “Against all speculations, Abia will see change,” he said.