‘’I Am In the Race to Rebuild Abia State After An Era Of Misrule’’
Professor Gregory Ibe, Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Abia State, spoke to Anejionu Ugonna, Associate Editor of Verbatim magazine in an exclusive interview, on September 22, 2022.
Among other issues raised during the lengthy interview at the APGA candidates campaign headquarters in Umuahia, Capital of Abia state was why he is in the race for the governorship seat. He told verbatim that he decided to join the race in order to recover Abia state which he said has been administratively abused over the years.
He argued that it will not be fair for people like him to sit on the fence and watch his state wrecked by misadministration and misrule. He promised to rewrite the history of the state if voted into office in the upcoming 2023 election.
Giving insight into how he came into the race, Professor Ibe explained that he had wanted to run for this office before now but was advised by Senator Theodore Orji, who was the governor then, to wait till the zoning arrangement favours him. That moment, he explained was now because it favours his zone.
Ibe told verbatim also that he is not scared or perturbed by the fact that he is contesting with a party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, that enjoys the power of incumbency at the moment. The reason, according to him is because ‘’incumbency is only of value when the person enjoying the privilege of incumbency delivered on expectations’’. In the instant situation, he said the incumbency factor is valueless but there is no delivery of democratic dividend.