By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia—APGA governorship aspirant for 2011 elections in Abia State, Reagan Ufomba, has doubted the possibility of having credible elections next year.
According to him, with the manner the ruling PDP arbitrarily dissolves party structures, there is no hope of a free and fair election.
Consequently, Ufomba called on Nigerians to resist any attempt by the ruling PDP to manipulate next year’s elections, saying Nigerians have had enough of electoral manipulation from the party.
Ufomba, who spoke weekend at Ntigha, Isialangwa Council area of Abia State, said he left PDP for APGA because of lack of internal democracy, despite his immeasurable contribution to the party over the years.
Addressing thousands of Ntigha people, including 54 village heads, after being presented to them, Ufomba alleged that a lot of money exchanged hands before Governor Theodore Orji was brought back to PDP, without laid down procedure being followed.
Alleging that he was even offered money but refused to accept, the governorship hopeful declared that “Abia has been sold out”.
Noting that he wanted to be governor to serve Abia State, Ufomba reiterated his earlier promise to resign within one year if he did not perform, especially in the area of provision of security, employment and infrastructures in the state.
He lamented the state of Aba roads, and stressed that serious work needed to be done in the city, with the requisite political will.
“I am making my intention known to you today. My number in PDP is 001. I have contributed a lot in PDP but have not gained anything, and look at how they changed a constituted state executive.
“Although I did not have any candidate in that executive committee but I went to court because I want justice and fair play. But seeing that the people are not ready to practice internal democracy, I left for APGA.
“Even in my own ward, I did not know how the ward chairman was selected. It is crazy. That is why I left PDP. And from the way they go about their things, there will be no free and fair elections.
“Abia has been sold. Abia’s allocation has been taken in advance, even up to the next six years. A lot of money has been staked in PDP receiving the governor. Much as we will talk on issues, but there has been a lot of personal issues to touch,” he said.
“They promised me but I refused, I said I am for fair play, I am for justice, I am for equity,” Ufomba said.
The governorship aspirant later instituted a N10 million Ntigha Development Fund, which will provide interest free loans to artisans and small scale business people from the community.
The fund will be managed by the leadership of Ntigha Solidarity Movement.