Ikonne gets traders’ endorsement, says trade would be major pillar of his administration


…gets Abia traders endorsement 

Traders in Aba in Abia State are said to have endorsed the candidature of Eleazer Ikonne, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for 2023. The candidate has also promised to make trade his focus.


Ikonne, a professor, has stated that trade and investment will be major pillars of his administration, if elected into office. 

Ikonne made the pledge, while hosting Abia traders, on the auspices of  Abia State Markets Amalgamated Traders Association, (ASMATA),  on a solidarity visit to his Umuahia residence.

The traders had earlier announced the endorsement of PDP’s Ikonne, as their sole candidate for the 2023 governorship election in the State.

Ikonne, thanked the traders  for identifying with him and his gubernatorial aspiration and promised to provide quality leadership that would take the state to a higher level. 

He commended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, for laying a solid foundation for traders in the State and assured that he would build on the Governor’s efforts, especially in the area of promotion of Made in Aba products.

He stated that he has developed a master plan to expand 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.

Lucky Akubueze, president, ASMATA, who led the delegation, assured Ikonne that they would ensure that he emerges victorious and sworn-in as Governor in 2023.

He said that they have assessed the profiles of those jostling for the governorship position in the State and found Ikonne, as the most credible candidate, adding that he has contributed greatly to the human capital development of Abia people. 

They disclosed that PVC registrations are ongoing in all the markets in the State and would soon embark on ” Operation Show Your PVC” campaign for all traders. 

John Okiyi-Kalu, state’s commissioner for Trade and Investment, assured the governorship candidate of the PDP in Abia that every trader is an automatic member of  the Ikonne Market Traders Campaign Team. 

He explained that with what Ikpeazu has done, Uche Ikonne would do more for the traders.

One of the high points of the event, was the presentation of campaign materials, by the traders to Ikonne governorship campaign organization.