The preparations for the 2023 gubernatorial elections in Nigeria are gradually heating up in some states of the country.
In Abia State, the incumbent governor, Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, will be looking to end his time as governor of the state, after his second tenure elapses.
As with other state governors who are preparing to leave the governorship position, a search for Governor Okezie’s replacement from the same ruling party becomes paramount.
For the 3 reasons which we have listed below, the Senator representing the people of Abia South in the National Assembly, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, will likely be in a running for Governor Okezie’s replacement.
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The primary duty of the People’s Democratic Party will be to ensure that they retain the seat of the governor of the state.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, being a member of the People’s Democratic Party, therefore is a potential flag bearer for the gubernatorial elections, if he decides to contest.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is not just a member of the People’s Democratic Party. He is also a heavyweight when it comes to political evaluation.
Taking into account that Abaribe has served as a Deputy governor of Abia State in the past, and is now the Minority leader in the National Assembly, his years of experience in the game of politics, and his financial capacity, it is safe to say that he has the needed advantage to contest for the most powerful office in Abia state.
Politics they say is a game of numbers. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is a man that has amassed a great number of admirers and loyalists over the years.
His diplomatic support for the agitations of Biafra has earned him great respect and love from many people in Abia state.
NB: In Abia state, other potential individuals are as much qualified as Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, to run for the office of the State Governor.
This post does not in any way look down on them or their candidacy. We simply seek to evaluate the possibility of Senator Abaribe as a replacement for Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, come 2023.