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The Secretary General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, has advised Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, to abandon his ambition to return to the Senate for a fifth term or risk outright rejection by the electorates in the 2023 general elections.
He made this known was speaking against the backdrop of an exchange of political brickbats by political leaders yesterday, critical stakeholders, and socio-political groups over Abaribe’s decision to seek reelection in 2023 to represent Abia south senatorial district for a fifth term in the red chamber of the National Assembly.
The Eastern Updates recalls that Senator Abaribe, who was an Abia governorship hopeful, had in May withdrawn from the conducted Peoples Democratic Party governorship primaries
He also resigned as the Minority Leader in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, citing illegality, impunity, and hesitations in decision-making as reasons for dumping the PDP.
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‘This development is consequent upon the shameful display of illegality, impunity and undemocratic decision of the party and after due consultations with my constituents,‘ he added
The Eastern Updates reports that on 27 May 2022, Senator Abaribe confirmed that he had joined the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to pursue his fifth-term ambition to the senate in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
However, Isiguzoro, who hails from Obingwa Local Government Area which formed Abia south senatorial zone, while speaking with journalists in Umuahia on Thursday, ruled out Abaribe’s decision to return to the senate for a fifth term, and regretted that the federal lawmaker has failed to justify the mandate entrusted to him by the people, especially towards enhancing their social welfare, and complementing the positive efforts of well- meaning Abians to raise the bar in Infrastructure in Abia south senatorial zone.