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The Founder and Chancellor of Gregory University, Uturu, Greg Ibe, has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the 2023 general elections in Abia.
Mr Ibe polled 283 votes to defeat other contestants, including his closest rival, Etigwe Uwa (SAN), who scored 148 votes. The two other contestants, Ijioma Ijioma and Chikwe Udensi scored 36 votes and 13 votes, respectively.
In an acceptance speech, Ibe extended a hand of fellowship to his co-contestants and said “there is no victor, no vanquished.”
He urged them to join him in the onerous task of salvaging Abia from imminent collapse.
“As we begin the final journey of redeeming Abia, my doors remain open to receive those unique ideas that can help us to realise the new Abia of our dream. Umunnem (my brothers), today is a good day to be an Abia citizen,” stated Mr Ibe.
He added, “I want to profoundly appreciate Abia people in general for their patience and prayers so far. I assure you that God has heard our collective prayers and has commenced the salvation of our state.”
The APGA governorship candidate appealed to everyone to join the struggle to re-write the story of the state, notwithstanding their party affiliations and personal interest.
“As the lamentation of Abia people for 24 years comes to an end shortly, I implore you to weep no more for I see in the horizon, a brand new Abia,” said the politician.
Announcing the result, the returning officer Echezona Etioba said accredited voters were 482 and that three votes were voided.
While Mr Uwa congratulated Mr Ibe at the end of the exercise, Mr Ijioma expressed reservations over the result. He alleged discrepancies and said he would challenge the outcome.
The primary election took place at Kolpin Society, Umuahia under heavy security.
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About the author
Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.