Former Deputy speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, and the immediate past Chairman Of the Abia State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ASOPADEC), Chief Emeka Stanley on Thursday declared his intention to run for the Abia South Senatorial Seat on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in 2019 election.
Declaring his intention at the Obohia Community Primary School, in Ukwa East local government area of the state, on Thursday, Stanley said his intention to run for the Senatorial seat was born out of his love for the good people of Abia South Senatorial Zone, and the already existing equity in Abia South, which empowered an Ukwa man to run for the senatorial position in 2019 election.
The former member of the federal House of Representatives explained that having allowed their brothers from the Ngwa extraction to represent them for a period of three consecutive tenures, equity and justice, demanded that an Ukwa person should be supported to represent the Abia south zone in 2019.
His words: “I want to use this opportunity to inform you all of my intention to run for senate come 2019, to represent the good people of Abia south zone. My decision to contest Abia south senatorial seat was because of the existing charter of equity in Abia south.
“We have supported our brothers from Ngwa bloc to be in the senate for three consecutive tenures. So, based on the existing charter of equity, I think an Ukwa man should be given the opportunity to occupy the Abia south senatorial seat come 2019.
“I’m assuring you that with the experience I have in public office,I have been a deputy speaker of Abia Assembly, a commissioner, local government Chairman and member federal House of Representatives, I will ensure dividends of democracy gets to the doors steps of the people of Abia south”.
Some PDP stakeholders, who spoke during the declaration ceremony included the Executive Chairman of Ukwa East Local govrnment area, Honorable Lewis Obianyi and the Member Representing Ukwa East State Constituency, in Abia House of Assembly, Honorable Paul Taribo.
They declared their total support Stanley, whom they described as a good and pragmatic leader and promised never to disappoint him come 2019 election.
Abia south senatorial zone is currently being represented in the National Assembly by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who hails from Ngwa extraction of Abia state.