A chieftain of the Labour Party from Abia state, Engr Kalu Ekwueme, has taken a swipe at the house of representatives candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Ohafia/Arochukwu federal constituency seat in Abia state in this year’s national assembly elections, Chief Daniel Chimezie Okeke over alleged maladministration of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari and the governing APC in the country.
Mr Ekwueme, who spoke with newsmen at the weekend in Umuahia, on the backdrops of the public outcries on deteriorating state of affairs in the country under the watch of the All Progressives Congress-controlled federal government of Nigeria.
He maintained that Okeke lacked the moral justification to seek for people’s mandate to represent and speak for their interests in the two legislative chambers of the National Assembly on alleged failure of the present APC led government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ekwueme regretted that APC has nothing on the ground to show in this current electioneering campaigns ahead of the February and march main elections this year as which according to him, the Abia electorates can no longer afford to end and enthrone ineffective and poor legislative representations and legislative redundancy of Ohafia/Arochukwu federal constituency in the house of representatives Abuja.
The Abia party stalwart particularly took a swipe at the APC house of representatives candidate for the federal constituency, Daniel Okeke and the governing APC for its total demonstration of lack of requisite capacity to attract a single human development-oriented project or amenity to encourage the enhancement of the welfare of average citizens of the state.
His words: “it is noteworthy that APC led federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari have been in power since 2015. Daniel Okeke and his cohorts failed to build any hospital or medical facilities in the said Ohafia/Arochukwu federal constituency. But they surface during elections to deceive us with free medical outreach program that is not sustainable. How can a community rely on free medical outreach program that happens once in a while to take care of the sick in their community?
“Since the days of Orji Uzor Kalu as Abia State governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, our hospitals was replaced with unreliable free medical outreach program, and turned to mortuaries. Today, Orji Uzor Kalu is a senator in APC and we have no functional hospital in the entire Abia north zone.
“Before they tell you about free medical outreach program, ask them what happened to our hospitals. The federal government can build a hospital in Abia north to take care of the sick. Our people are dying as a result of lack of medical care for the sick”.
Ekwueme admonished eligible voters in Ohafia/Arochukwu federal constituency and the state as a whole, to vote wisely during the coming elections, in order to elect candidates or people with the much-needed capacity, competence and expertises to mount on the leadership ladder of Abia state at all levels.
Words: “Before voting for any candidate in the coming elections, please check very well if he is not one of this people that support rustic ideas meant for stone age people. Vote for people who have gone to other climes and have seen how hospitals are organized and equipped to take care of the sick. Vote for people who are already to build hospitals in Ohafia/Arochukwu constituency”.
While also describing the ideology of the Labour Party (LP) as development-oriented which its manifesto encourage the building of critical infrastructure and provision of impactful social amenities to improve human livelihoods, engender, and as well as enhance economic growth of the state, Mr Ekwueme reiterated his earlier advice to the people of ohafia/Arochukwu federal constituency to be wise and stop voting for old liars and deceivers.