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Uche Nwosu who is a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abia State, has lambasted the recent declaration by the Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe to throw his hat into the ring and contest for the position of Governor of Abia State come 2023.
The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that Senator Abaribe had declared intentions to contest in the state’s governorship election in 2023.
The Abia South Senator disclosed this while answering questions from journalists at an event in Obingwa and Aba North Local Government Areas.
Abaribe had disclosed that he already informed the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu of his ambition to succeed him come 2023.
However, while making his position known in a worded statement issued to journalists in Umuahia, on Thursday, APC scribe, Nwosu posited that Abaribe lacked the moral justification to be Abia governor and also berated the federal lawmaker for remaining mute over the state of affairs in Abia State for the past 16 years.
He further insisted that Abaribe has failed to perform and deliver dividends of democracy in the last sixteen years in the national assembly, regretting that the latter’s senator status has completely disconnected Abia south from the federal government and lacked democracy dividends.
Nwosu said, ‘it’s a recognized fact that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s length of stay in the Senate, doesn’t commensurate with the level of development on the ground in Abia South Senatorial district and the state generally. He practically made the Senate his permanent abode, having been there for over 16 years, but could not influence developmental change and address all the federal roads in deplorable condition in his Senatorial district (Abia South), right from President Goodluck Jonathan’s PDP led administration and the current President Buhari’s regime. I could say that Abia south zone has been existing without a voice since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999.
Commenting further, the former APGA Stalwart submitted, ‘that’s why one can’t travel by road from Osisioma/Port Harcourt Enugu express road to Port Harcourt-Rivers state. That’s why one can’t travel from Aba to Akwa Ibom and Calabar. That’s why one can’t travel from Opobo junction to Azumiri. And that’s why Rivers people, Cameroonians and Northerners hardly come to Ariaria and New Market anymore to buy foods wholesale.
‘The people of his Senatorial district lack effective representation in the Senate. Championing the cause or speaking against actions against IPOB is quite different from championing the cause of a Senatorial district. It’s also different from being a state governor’.
Meanwhile, Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has insisted that the Southeast deserves to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023, reiterating that they understand Nigeria better than any other region and therefore has what it takes to fix it.
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