By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia—ABIA State politics is gradually gaining momentum with the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Comrade Chris Akomas, picking governorship form on the ticket of Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, to challenge his former boss, Governor Theodore Orji.
Akomas, who was removed from office in a controversial impeachment by the State House of Assembly, boasted that the PPA would take over the governance of the state from PDP, which recently took over leadership of the state following the glamorous re-entry of Governor Orji to the PDP.
Akomas is so far the only candidate who had picked governorship form on the platform of the PPA.
Meanwhile, the party has fixed the dates for its primary elections as well as prices for forms for its candidates.
State Chairman of the party, Ezeogo Onuoha, said the primaries would last between October 9 and October 28, 2010, starting with the House of Assembly and ending with the presidential primaries on October 28.
According to him, the party has decided to reduce the nomination fees for interested aspirants, just as he announced that female aspirants would get nomination forms for free.
He noted that high nomination fees would eliminate many qualified aspirants, whose main assets were their brain, boiling vision and passion from contesting, adding that it would not public office available only to the highest bidder.
Okafor announced that presidential aspirants would purchase nomination forms for N500,000; governorship N200,000; Senate N100,000; House of Representatives N75,000; House of Assembly N25,000; council chairmanship N20,000, and councillorship N5,000.
“But in line with global change, all women who will run on PPA platform will run free of charge. No woman in our party will pay nomination fees.
“This is one way to encourage the women to come on board and serve the fatherland. The alienation of women all these years has cost this nation a lot, in missed potentials,” Okafor noted.
Akomas, who came to the party secretariat with hundreds of his supporters, said if he got the ticket, he would win the race and embark on the restoration of Abia, especially Aba.
According to him, the security of the people will be restored to encourage those who left Aba on grounds of insecurity to return.