The governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Hope Uzodinma, and his counterparts in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Emeka Ihedioha and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ifeanyi Araraume, on Friday boycotted the governorship debate organized by the Igbo Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Only Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) attended the much publicized debate, which was held at the Ridge Event Centre along the Owerri/ Onitsha road.
Nwosu, while fielding questions from BBC anchorman and the participants, said he was in he was in the race to improve and consolidate on the achievements recorded by the current administration.
The AA candidate said he has come to take the state to the next level in terms of infrastructure and social development. He also promised improved the welfare of civil servants in the state and payment of pensions in the state.
He further promised to pay the N30,000 minimum wage if elected into office, “the issue of the welfare of workers will be given priority and my administration will pay any wage approved by the Federal Government”.
According to Nwosu, his administration will pay attention to the creation of employment through investing in power and security, which he said will attract investors to the state.
Nwosu also promised to improve the education sector and sustain and improve on the free education programme of the present administration.
However Uzodinma’s aide, Declan Emelumba, who explained his boss’ absence, said that he had an urgent engagement in Abuja.