By Chijindu Emeruwa.
Uche Ikonne, the main governorship bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming 2023 general elections in Abia state, has assured of inclusiveness in governance and decision-making process of the state when elected as Abia governor in 2023.
He reiterated his promise that if elected as governor, his administration will give strong and trusted leadership while the citizens will participate in decisions and execution of Infrastructural projects affecting their lives.
Ikonne who was a former Vice Chancellor of the Abia State University Uturu (ABSU), in a statement issued to newsmen in Umuahia, the state capital, also maintained that he would recognize and work with everybody’s input irrespective of age, gender, class or status.
He tasked the citizenry with a vital role to play in the decisions that affect them, and our communities will be involved in deciding what developmental program will come to them through constant engagements with key stakeholders.
The PDP flag-bearer also assured that he would continually engage the traditional rulers, community leaders, women, children, and youths towards ensuring their voices are meaningfully heard in public life and the decision-making process.
According to him, “Given the undeniable economic challenges being faced by the country, we increasingly need fresh perspectives to go de transformative political decision making that breaks beyond the status quo.
“We have spotted gaps when it comes to inclusive engagement in decision making and formal politics because of a variety of structural barriers which prevent people from fulfilling their rights to participate in public life which we are ready to tackle”.
His statement partly read, “Every Abian has the right to be included in Political decision-making. That’s why we have adopted “Participatory Governance” as our mantra, with that as my key policy Strategy, Government will give strong and trusted leadership while Citizens will participate in decisions and execution of projects affecting their lives.