SENATOR ABARIBE MOVES TO SUCCEED HIS KINSMAN, IKPEAZU IN 2023 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION IN ABIA STATE
….may jettison zoning in Abia
Ahead of the 2023 governorship election, indications have emerged that the Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator ENYINNAYA ABARIBE intends to run for the governorship position of Abia State
Already, Senator ABARIBE has allegedly informed Governor OKEZIE IKPEAZU of his intention to run for the governorship seat of the state in 2023, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Brave Views gathered from credible sources that, ABARIBE is determined to Succeed IKPEAZU, despite coming from the same Local Government Area.
If the development comes true, zoning in Abia would have been jettisoned.
That was scenario in Rivers State politics in 2015, where incumbent Governor NYESOM WIKE succeeded former Governor CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI. Both of them are from Ikwerre ethnic nationality.
The rumours of ABARIBE’s interest in succeeding Ikpeazu has been flying around in the state for sometimes.
Sources confided in our correspondent that ABARIBE made his intention known to Governor IKPEAZU on Saturday morning, during a meeting with the governor at the Abia State Government House Lodge on Friday night.
ABARIBE was said to have embarked on the visit to Government House for the meeting with some Obingwa political stakeholders, where Governor OKEZIE IKPEAZU was taken aback when Abaribe told him the reason for their visit.
Our informant said “Governor OKEZIE IKPEAZU was thrown off balance when Senator ABARIBE told him about his governorship ambition”.
According to our source, IKPEAZU had no idea why ABARIBE and the others sort the audience with him.
“We learnt that Senator Abaribe just called him to tell him (Ikpeazu) that he wanted to see him.
“The governor thought it was the usual Christmas homage.
“The twist is that we learnt that some of the stakeholders that came with Abaribe didn’t know his mission.
“They too were surprised when ABARIBE made his intention known to the governor.”
It was learnt that Abaribe will declare his plan soon.
Efforts to reach ABARIBE or any of his aides to confirm the development have proved abortive at press time.