Senator Athan Achonu has declared that he is the man to beat in the 2019 Imo Governorship election, because he is going to defeat all other contenders for the Peoples Democratic Governorship ticket in the primary.
Speaking to Journalists in his home town of Umunumo in Ehime Mbano LGA, Achonu who said he joined the Governorship race to salvage Imo State maintained that the out-going government of Governor Rochas Okorocha has destroyed all the sectors of the State, and therefore Imo needs a committed patriot like him to recover the State.
Senator Achonu said that he has the vision and experience to fix Imo State, pointing out that he has checked the list of Aspirants jostling to Govern the State in 2019, and decided that Imo cannot be allowed to fall into the hands of jesters parading as Governors again, hence he threw his hat into the Governorship ring of Imo State.
The Heavily-built politician said “I have checked all those that have come out for the position of Imo Governor in 2019, from PDP, APGA, APC and decided to come out”.
The Senator who said Governor Okorocha has frustrated all his efforts to add to Imo development by killing all his investments in Imo State, maintained that he had spent his personal money to construct roads in the State before and therefore wondered what he could do when given the chance to spend Imo State fund for the people.
He said when he got a contract to construct Seven hundred and Seventy Four (774) Health Centers across the Federation, he shared the job among his friends, so that they can feed their families, without minding whether they were professional Contractors or not, pointing out that, that was a way of creating jobs and wealth among the people.
Achonu said that what Imo needs now is nothing but creation of Industries, no matter how little, to engage the teeming unemployed Imo graduates, and not construction of Halls, Garden Centers etc that adds no economic value to Imo State economy and its citizens.
He claimed that Owerri and Orlu zones have marginalized Okigwe zone much these past years, stressing that he is sure that Chief Ikedi Ohakim and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume will support his Governorship ambition, as he supported them when they ran for their own Governorship elections.
The Senator assured that it will not be business as usual during the forth-coming elections, as the Imo electorate have learnt their lessons, adding that the electorate should vote the best candidates so that the State will be reinvigorated with quality policies that will galvanize the masses into action, pointing out that he is the best man for Imo Governorship seat come 2019.