The leaders of all markets in Abia State have adopted the Governorship candidate of PDP in Abia State, Prof. Eleazar Uche Ikonne as their sole candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial elections.

The market leaders adopted the PDP candidate when they paid him solidiarity visit at his Umuahia residence. They assured him that they would do everything within their powers to ensure he emerges victorious and be sworn-in as Governor in 2023.

In their speeches, the Chairman of Chairmen, Deacon Obioma Daniel, Chairman ASMATA Lucky Akubueze, Lolo Joy Aaron and Chief Emeka Igara said Prof. Ikonne is the most credible candidate in the State, adding that they have checked his track records and found that he has contributed greatly to the human capital development of Abia people. 

They informed that PVC registrations are ongoing in all the markets in the State, saying that soon they would embark on ” Operation Show Your PVC” campaign for all traders. 


Responding, the Governorship hopeful, Prof. Eleazar Uche Ikonne 

thanked the traders in Abia for identifying with him and his gubernatorial race. He assured he will give quality leadership that will take Abia beyond the State to regional level. 

Prof. Ikonne said that Governor Ikpeazu has laid solid foundation for traders in the State and he would build upon the foundations, especially in the area of promotion of Made in Aba products. He disclosed that he has a master plan with which to expand Ariaria International Market and other markets in the State, adding that he has Trade as a major pillar of his manifesto and would create more atmosphere for trade to thrive in the State.

In a vote of thanks, the Commissioner for Trade & Investment, Chief John Okiyi Kalu 


thanked the Governorship candidate for a good reception and assured that every trader is an automatic member of Prof. Ikonne Market Traders Campaign Team. He said that whatever Governor Ikpeazu has done, Prof. Uche Ikonne would do more for the people. He assured that the market traders are ready to partner the Prof. Uche Ikonne’s team to ensure he emerges victorious next year. 

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Investment, Chief Michael Egwu was part of the visit while the traders supported the election campaign team with election posters and other gifts.



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