By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
A socio-political association, Abia Solidarity Group for Democracy (ASGD), has advocated for a female governor to succeed the incumbent Governor of Abia State, Theodor Orji, in the next year’s general election.
In a statement issued by the National Coordinator of the group, Peter Elema, the group said this has become necessary because all previous and present governors have failed to move the state forward in the areas of any meaningful infrastructural development.
ASGD, in the statement, lamented that this has left the state far behind its contemporaries in the south east zone in terms physical development and capacity building.
“As part of our avowed commitment to guide and consolidate democracy and ensure adequate development in our state, we wish to reiterate our firm resolves to ensure the enthronement of a responsible leadership in the state in the next dispensation.
“We therefore advocate for a woman governor as a positive alternative to the persistent leadership failure by our men folk who seem to be busier fending for their families and cronies at the expense of the people of Abia state”, the association said.
It also said considering the rate of infrastructural decay in Abia state since the last and present administration, they are convinced that the jinx could only be broken by the election of a woman governor for the state.
ASGD however called on the incumbent governor to concentrate on delivering dividends of democracy, rather than introducing measures that would deny citizens of the state the opportunity to choose a credible governor at the next dispensation through the zoning arrangement.