The governor-elect of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, on Monday promised to run an inclusive government where every Abia with “positive ideas” would be given opportunity to contribute to the development of the state.

He gave the assurance a maiden press conference he held at his country home at Umuobiakwa in Obingwa Local Government Area state of the, saying his commitment to Abia people was to work very hard for the unity and development of the state.

The newly-elected governor said that he was desirous of sustaining the unity and development of God’s own state hence he would catalyze every idea that would lead to the achievement of the stated goal.
“Anybody that has positive ideas that will promote unity and development of Abia state is welcome,” he said, adding that his door would always remain open for progressive ideas to flow in.

“My strongest point is that I will provide the platform for every Abian who has progressive ideas to contribute to the administration,” the governor-elect said, adding that “our common ground is to develop Abia” despite the differences of ideas and opinions.

Ikpeazu said his victory was both symbolic and historical in that he emerged from the rank of common man and has become the first Ngwa man ever to become a state governor whether in military or civilian administration.

He said Abia people have indeed made a statement by electing him as their governor with an overwhelming endorsement hence he would treat everybody fairly and equitably.

Ikpeazu described his victory in the governorship election concluded with supplementary election of April 25 as “the hand work of God” and therefore dedicated it to the Almighty God who fulfilled His word and made our dream come true.”

He reiterated his commitment to tackle the developmental challenges of Aba, the commercial city of Abia State, saying that he would do the needful to put in place an enduring infrastructure on which the economy of Enyimba city would flourish.

On the decision of his main rival, Mr. Alex Otti, to challenge the outcome of the governorship election at the tribunal, Ikpeazu said the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was behaving like a bad loser and advised him to emulate President Goodluck Jonathan and concede defeat.