All Progressives Congress Governorship aspirant in Abia state, Prince Paul Ikonne has said that stakeholders of the party in the state are discussing the possibility of picking a consensus candidate for the 2019 governorship election, saying such an option will guarantee the party easy victory in the coming general election.
Ikonne said however that in line with the decision of the party, All aspirants and stakeholders in the state will soon meet to agree on a common candidate, pointing out that agreeing on a consensus candidate will strengthen the party in Abia state
Speaking after obtaining his nomination form, Ikonne said he was confidence of emerging the consensus candidate adding that if given the opportunity as the candidate of APC, he will make Abia conducive for business “knowing that the people of the state are business oriented and take the state to a high.”
Prince Ikonne explained that the people of Abia know that he actually won election in 2011, assuring that his government “will put Abia where it belongs”, adding that “as long as our party come together with a consensus candidate which we will eventually go for, we will come out strongly.
“Those trying to destabilize the party one way or the other cave in by God’s grace and key into this course for us to rescue and take Abia to a greater height.”
On the adoption of indirect primaries, he said; “It depends on the peculiarities of states and the environment. The party national leadership are very wise, but there are peculiarities, like in Abia, indirect primaries and consensus will definitely give us what we want.
“Stakeholders are yet to meet, we are still going to meet, and by the time we meet, we will come out with a blue print of the way forward.”
On what he is bringing to the table if given the opportunity to fly the party’s ticket, Ikonne said he is coming in with a fresh idea, adding that he would add value to governance and ensure better life for the people of the state.
“By God’s grace, I’m the founding father of APC in Abia, as the governorship candidate of the ACN then which was the major merging party of the APC. I have been in the party and I have worked for it and still working for it.
“During the 2015 general elections, I organised the presidential rally in Abia which was successfully and adjudged the best rally and am coming from Aba, the Eyinba city and by God’s grace age is on my side, and I have served in government and I have good understanding of the way Government functions and I have blueprint on what to do to move Abia forward and above all, I have the grace of God more than any other aspirant.”