A group, Ebonyi Movement for Good Governance (EMGG), has declared support for Dr Paul Okorie, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in the 2019 general elections in Ebonyi.
The Coordinator of the group, Mr Boniface Igwe, at a news conference to unveil its activities with journalists on Saturday in Abakaliki, said the choice of Okorie was based on his political antecedent and leadership credentials.
He said that the group also welcomed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek reelection in 2019, saying that the group would mobilise Ebonyi voters for the reelection of Buhari.
According to him, Okorie has all it takes to lift the state from its present political, social and economic doldrums due to his political antecedent and leadership experience.
He said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led administration under Chief Dave Umahi has failed to address fundamental developmental challenges facing the state.
He identified failure to tackle youth unemployment, poverty, infrastructure decay, insecurity and affordable housing as major deficiencies of the Umahi administration.
“The present administration has failed to address challenges of unemployment, housing, security, provision of environment conducive for business enterprise, high taxation, among others.
“As a group committed to promoting good governance, our mandate is to expose these failures and orientate the minds of the electorate to make informed decisions during elections.’’
Igwe described Okorie who at various times held the positions of General Manager, Ebonyi Water Corporation, Commissioner for Works and Transportation, and Environment as a ‘consummate’ technocrat and politician.
He said that Okorie left an unbeaten record as the general manager of the state’s water corporation, stressing that under his leadership, Ebonyi residents enjoyed uninterrupted public water supplies.
“He came into the ailing water board and revived the sector and throughout his stay, residents of Abakaliki and environs enjoyed uninterrupted water supplies.
“When he left to answer a higher calling as commissioner, everything collapsed and the corporation became comatose till date.
“As commissioner for works and transportation, he made the ministry the most vibrant ministry and the Ebonyi Transport Service (EBOTRANS) became very viable.
“It is on record that the restoration of the Abakaliki Master Plan and urban renewal programme started under his tenure as the Commissioner for Environment,’’ he added.
The coordinator also stressed the need for people to register and collect their voter cards.
“We are also embarking on campaign to mobilise the rural people to come out and register in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration.
“The march for good and credible leadership begins with people doing the right thing, and that right thing is to go and get registered and collect Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
“The PVC is the license to exercise your franchise and we are going to do everything within our powers to ensure that every eligible voter in the state is registered in order to qualify to vote.’’