Enyinnaya Abaribe, a popular Nigerian senator and Senate Minority Leader, has announced his desire to run for governor of Abia state in 2023.
It was gathered by Freshreporters News that, Abaribe told the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, of his desire to run for the number one position in the South-East state.
Remember that from 1999 and 2003, Abaribe served as the deputy governor to previous governor Orji Uzor Kalu, who oversaw over the state’s affairs.
He resigned in 2003 after the state House of Assembly tried three times to impeach him.
Abaribe expressed his desire in becoming the next governor of the state during an event hosted in his honor by a sociocultural organization in Ahiaba village, Nzuko Ahiaba La Abayi, on Monday.
Governor Ikpeazu has been informed of the Peoples Democratic Party chieftain’s decision to run for governor in 2023.
The former deputy governor said he is utilizing the occasion to encourage Abians to expect him to replace Ikpeazu in 2023.
He said: “As an Igbo man, I respect constituted authority. I believe the number one citizen of the state should know and I have paid him that respect.
“I have let him know and by extension, the people of Abia, and I am telling the people of Abia to look forward to seeing me in charge in Abia state come 2023.
“This is a special occasion. I have been in politics since 1998. I have been in and out of politics and even gone to DSS custody because of Nigeria. This is the first time a civic reception is being organized for me.
“This occasion is significant because it is coming from my ancestral home and shows that they are saying that they are proud of my antecedents, achievements and that I deserve a title.”