The All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has called upon the Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to cease its criticisms of former Senate President and Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Adolphus Wabara. This request comes after Senator Wabara commended Governor Alex Otti for awarding the contract for the Port Harcourt Road in Aba.
Okiyi Kalu, a former Commissioner for Information, had expressed concerns about the project’s cost, a 6.8-kilometer road awarded to Julius Berger for N30 billion. However, Senator Wabara defended Otti’s decision and praised his transparency in disclosing the contract sum.
Senator Wabara argued that Otti’s commitment to fixing the road, a project that previous administrations couldn’t tackle, warranted commendation, and the cost should be justified by the reputation of the contractor.
In response, the Abia State PDP, through a statement from its Vice Chairman (North) and Acting Publicity Secretary, Elder Abraham Amah, criticized Senator Wabara, accusing him of seeking favor with Governor Otti. They also reminded him of his inability to deliver his polling unit during elections.
Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, the former Chairman of APGA in Abia State and the current National Vice Chairman of the party for the South, expressed his disappointment in the PDP’s inability to address the state’s infrastructure issues during its 20-year rule. He suggested that PDP had no moral standing to criticize Governor Otti’s efforts.
Ehiemere challenged the PDP to compare the cost of the flyover it constructed at Osisioma with the significance of the Port Harcourt Road before questioning the project’s expenses. He emphasized the importance of Otti’s commitment to improving the road and addressing other critical issues in Abia State.
He concluded by suggesting that Senator Wabara’s comments were truthful and that the PDP should let Otti focus on the task of improving Abia without distraction. The key point is that if Otti can successfully complete the Port Harcourt Road and address other essential issues in the state, it would benefit everyone.