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The minority leader of the Senate and senator representing Abia South senatorial district in the national assembly, Eyinnaya Abaribe has declared his ambition to contest the Abia North senatorial elections in 2023.
The popular senator disclosed yesterday that he would contest in the state’s governorship election in 2023 to take over from the incumbent Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.
He made this disclosure while responding to questions from journalists at an event in Obingwa and Aba North Local Government Areas.
Abaribe disclosed that he had already informed the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu of his ambition to succeed him come 2023.
He said: ‘We respect constituted authority. I believe my future political ambition should be made known to my Governor who is the number one citizen in my State.
‘So, what I’m telling Ndi Abia is that they should expect Mmagha Ndigbo as their next Governor in 2023’.
Abaribe who was earlier conferred with the chieftaincy title of ‘Maduforo Nde Ngwa.’
He said the honour would spur him into more patriotic actions for not just his constituency but the state, Ndi Igbo, and Nigeria at large.
‘I have gone to DSS custody because of Nigeria. I have fought many wars. And my people have looked at my antecedents and decided to honour me. They should expect more of those qualities in me‘, he said.
Africa Today News, New York reports that Abaribe’s ambition could jeopardise the zoning equation in the State given that he hails from the same LGA as the incumbent Governor of the State, Okezie Ikpeazu who was elected into office in 2015. Power is expected to move away from Abia South Senatorial zone.
Abaribe was the deputy governor under the administration of the former Governor of the State, Orji Uzor Kalu where they fell out a number of times.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK