Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has said he remains focused on leaving a legacy and not distracted by the build-up to the 2023 governorship poll in the state.
Ikpeazu, who was last year re-elected for a second term, said this when Ukwa Ngwa Group (TUNG) paid him a visit in his Umuobiakwa country home in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state at the weekend.
Leader of the group, Chinwe Nwanganga, said TUNG was established to serve as a bridge between the people of the old Aba Division and the old Bende Division towards the development of the state.
“It is also to enthrone the goal of political unity, an engagement and dialogue process with stakeholders from all the political divides with the ultimate aim of ensuring that the remaining period of the Ikpeazu administration runs out successfully with a smooth transition to the next administration in 2023,” the former Commissioner said.
The group urged the governor to set up a ‘Think Tank Group’ comprising leaders of old Bende and old Aba divisions to advise him on public issues.
Ikpeazu, who praised the composition of the group, told them to be clear about their vision and strategy. He said: “If I were to select the members, I would not have selected a better team.
“I call on all Abians to subsume their differences and work together as one body to strengthen the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and the government of Abia State.
“I do not want to be distracted by the politics of 2023 but to remain focused and committed to achieving a legacy as built by our old Aba Division past leaders.”
The governor revealed plans by the state government to name Abia Airport after former Minister of Aviation, Dr. Jaja Wachuku. The late Wachuku, first Nigerian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and first Nigerian Minister for Foreign Affairs, was from the state.
However, the formation of TUNG has set tongues wagging, with some people of the belief it is aimed at ensuring that the 2023 governorship is retained by old Aba Division.
Already, various sections and clans in old Bende such as Ohafia and Isukwuato/Umunneochi are laying claim to the 2023 governorship based on the said Abia Charter of Equity recommended by the state’s founding fathers.