(OPINION) ABIA SOUTH: LET’S RISE AND STOP ABARIBE – UZOUKWA EBERE
Anybody from the six LGAs that constitute Abia South; Obingwa, Aba North, Aba South, Ugwunagbo, Ukwa East and Ukwa West, that contemplates voting for Abaribe should better have a rethink. This is man whom by any stretch of assessment doesn’t deserve the support of Ndi Abia South after 12 years of nothingness. What is the deplorable condition of Aba-Ikot-Ikpene that has retrogressively crippled the local economy and SMEs in Aba, the economic nerve-center of the South East and South South say about Abaribe and his 12 years in the Senate? Who is happy with the years of abandonment and dilapidation of that very important road? Yet, we have a ranking senator that is about to complete three(3) tenures of 12 years? I mean a ranking senator without anything tangible on ground as achievements? How do you convince Ndi Obingwa and Abia South to give Abaribe another 4 years in addition to 12 years already wasted under his representation?
Umunnem, I am believing that this man is playing or rather toying with our collective sensibilities; and we MUST rise to say no to him. Nobody has ever told us that Abia South was ceded to Abaribe. I don’t need to overstretch the obvious fact that Abaribe does not care for his constituents; he is arrogant and selfish. His actions lately suggest that Abia South Senatorial seat has become his BIRTHRIGHT.
This man built an international school worth over 4b in Abuja, thus creating jobs outside his zone, state and geopolitical zone. Though a private investment, many had expected Abaribe to site the school within his area to among other things create jobs for some of his constituents. But, he never reasoned along that line.
The truth remains that Abaribe got the money he invested in building the school from the Senate as he doesn’t have any other business except politics. Of a truth, Abaribe was doing something meaningful until he paired with Orji Uzor Kalu as Deputy Governorship candidate to win Abia Governorship in 1999. Since then, Abaribe has taken politics as a career and profession as he doesn’t have any known source of livelihood.
Today, Abaribe is rich and enjoys à better life whereas his constituents are languishing in agony and pains orchestrated by bad roads and lack of basic social amenities. How did Ndi Abia South offend Abaribe? Can anyone say that 12 years are not good enough to impact on the lives of the people? Why is Abaribe dreaming of another 4 years to clock 16 years in the Senate? What has he done to justify such ambition? We MUST rise and STOP Abaribe.
What mostly provokes me and many others is the “Onu Na Ekwuru Igbo” some sycophants and praise-singers call him. For God’s sake, Abaribe was not elected by Ndigbo to speak for them on the floor of the Senate, rather the mandate he enjoys for almost 12 years was freely given by the good people of Abia South. That he chooses to speak for Ndigbo is secondary to his primary assignment of delivery effective and quality representation to his constituents. Abaribe can’t hide under the guise of mouthing for Ndigbo to hoodwink Ndi Abia South into supporting his self-serving and 4th term ambition.
Let’s all rise and say NO to ABARIBE in 2019. Let’s vote for Chief Chris Nkwonta of APGA as Senator for Abia South Senatorial District. Chief Nkwonta is the only credible alternative for Abia South Senatorial seat come 2019. The party is APGA.