Chairman of the Abia chapter of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Don Norman Obinna, has decried the spate of hardship in the state.
Obinna, who was named Abia ADC chairman in November 2021 “for his doggedness and impulses for good governance, accountability from public office holders and belief in the possibility of a new Abia,” said the state has suffered greatly in the hands of the Okezie Ikpeazu government and the ones before it.
“Leadership is all about nation-building, community development. Unlike many folks who see an opportunity to serve as an avenue to enrich themselves, I ventured into politics to better the lives of the battered Abia citizens,” the ADC chieftain, who left his lucrative job at The Realm News to venture into politics, said.
“Immediately I emerged the Abia State ADC chairman, I quickly toured around the 17 LGAs of the state to identify the needs of our people and ways to ameliorate their sufferings. Believe me, what I saw was heart-breaking. Our people are suffering.
“Using the Right Base Approach to development, we were able to ascertain the immediate needs of our people. They lack access to clean water and healthcare. They are wallowing in extreme poverty.
“You need to see how I cried like a baby on seeing the inhumane condition of our people in the rural communities. My strength failed me as they relived their ordeals to me and my ADC executives.
“On returning to Umuahia, I vowed to deprive myself and the executives of all the luxuries associated with the office of a state chairman and the executives to provide our people with their basic needs.
“The decisions reached were to provide boreholes in the entire 17 LGAs and three standard healthcare centres in the three zones of the state.
“Without support or grant from anyone or agency, we started the project with faith and sheer determination.
“Today, the Amuzukwu Ibeku in Umuahia North LG water project is 99% completed. We will commission it next week and move to Umuahia south.
“Under my watch as the Abia State ADC chairman, our people living in the rural communities will enjoy a better life.
“Nobody deserves to go to bed with an empty stomach. Therefore, I have decided to live a life of service.
“I have vowed to sacrifice all my wants to put smiles on the faces of the dejected Abians. Help me and the ADC to restore our lost glory.”