By Sunny Nwankwo, Umuahia
Chancellor of Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, Prof. Gregory Ibe, has expressed his interest in the Abia State governorship in 2023.
Ibeh is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He served under past governments at the federal level. According to him, he has all it would take to place the state on the global map.
The don said his decision to withdraw from the governorship race in 2014, and support Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, was in line with the principles of the Abia Charter
He said: “I have the full intention to govern Abia. I started showing interest in 2011 when I began to inform my leaders. By 2014, then Governor Theodore Orji said he’ll follow zoning. I withdrew on December 7, 2014, during clearance and supported Abia South.
“Orji said to me ‘you’re still a young man, wait till 2023’. I’ve waited and that’s it. Have I not waited? Am I not an Abian? I’m more than interested because I have something to offer Abians.”
On the 2023 agitation for a president of Igbo extraction, the educationist said if the wounds of the Nigerian civil war should be healed, and justice done to the people of the Southeast, an Igbo man should become the president in 2023. He added that Ndigbo have paid their dues in the country in all facets of life.
“The Igbo needs the presidency now more than any ethnic group. Since Nigeria came to existence over 60 years ago, other ethnic groups, except the Igbo, have occupied the position. Therefore, justice and fairness demand that an Igbo man should be allowed to be the president in 2023. If a man from the Southeast becomes the president, the Igbo will not depend on him for survival, they will rather be contended with the fact that their son is the president,” he added.