By Chijindu Emeruwa
Hon. Ifeanyi Uchendu, the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, has declared that he is not nursing any gubernatorial ambition for 2023 general elections.
This followed widespread speculations and several online news report, alleging that the Deputy Speaker had boasted in many quarters to join the governorship race ahead of 2023 polls.
But, in a press statement personally signed by him and issued to newsmen, in Umuahia, on Wednesday, Uchendu maintained that his interest for now was to continue rendering services of providing dividends of democracy to the people of Ohafia North constituency, as well as complementing the untiring efforts of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led government to take Abia to the next level of development.
The Deputy Speaker who doubled as a chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, however urged the citizenry to join hands in praying against the health challenges and insecurity threatening the peace and unity of Nigeria.
The statement partly read, “Recently I have read several articles where it was stated that I’m running for the position of the Governor, Federal House of Reps and in most cases, the Senate. I want to state categorically that I have not declared interest for any position ahead of 2023.
“My main interest now is to continue representing my people at the state house of Assembly for which I was reelected to do in 2019.What we all should be praying for is to be alive and in good health till that 2023.
“When the time comes, I will seek direction from God as I have always done and consult my people duly for the next step to take. I appreciate everyone (my friends, fans and constituents) who out their love for me had already positioned me for various positions ahead of 2023.
“I promise to continue to make all of you proud via delivery of dividends of democracy as well as continue to reach out to individuals in my own little way”.