By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”THEREÂ are very strong indications that Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State will next week officially declare for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to end the lingering speculations as to which party he would eventually settle for.
Vanguard learnt that the governor went to Abuja yesterday to secure a convenient date with President Goodluck Jonathan who is said to have promised to be at the declaration ceremony in person.
So if the President is favourably disposed to any date next week, then the governorâ€™s official declaration will hold.
Governor Theodore Orji had Tuesday made what his supporters referred to as the last consultation with the people when he met with market leaders, as well as leaders of various professional bodies and unions in the state, to brief them on his plan to join the ruling PDP.
After briefing them, the various groups unanimously endorsed his planned movement to the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party, PDP.
The groups, comprising executives of town unions, Ochendo Support Group, one of Governor Orjiâ€™s political structures, and other notable Abians, gave their full support to the governor in any move that will be in the interest of the state.
Governor Orji had convened the meeting to ask the people to decide whether he should join the PDP or not, following earlier visit by the national leadership of the party to woo him.
Addressing the people, governor Orji assured them that whatever decision he would take will be in the interest of the people of the state.
He was of the view that entering the mainstream of Nigerian politics will be in the overall interest of the state and its people, saying the state stood to benefit all the things that had been denied it due to quarrels with the federal government in the past.
The governor, who said the essence of the TownÂ Hall meeting was to give everyone in the state a voice in decision making, asserted that everyone in the state had equal right and promised Abians that, henceforth, things will be better for Abia State.
OrjiÂ lamented that he was not given a free hand to take decisions until the recent liberation of the state from bondage, and promised that appointments would now be made based purely on merit.
He expressed happiness that those in mainstream opposition in the state, including Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, and other prominent Abians, have all resolved to work with him to move the state forward.