Abia 2023 : Guber race ‘not my preoccupation for now’ – Rep Onyejeocha
By Steve Oko
The Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representative and member representing Isuikwuato – Umunneochi, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, has said that contesting for the Abia State governorship seat in 2023 is not on her priority list “for now.”
Onyejeocha who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in her Ngodo Isuochi country home after bankrolling the registration fees for all West African Examination Council, WAEC candidates in all public schools in the constituency, said her “major preoccupation for now is how to fulfil” her campaign promises.
The four term lawmaker who said “it is too early and very unkind to begin to talk of 2023 now” explained that she was too occupied with efforts to attract more constituency projects to her constituency to engage in 2023 permutations.
” I am preoccupied with how to redeem all my campaign promises. For me, it will be unkind and rude to be talking of 2023 governorship race now instead of concentrating on how to deliver more constituency projects “, she said.
The lawmaker’s reaction was sequel to an inquiry on the speculation in some quarters that she is nursing governorship ambition.
She however did not disclose her next political ambition, saying that “power belongs to God “.
Recall that the Isuikwuato Division comprising Isuikwuato and Umunneochi Local Government Areas that also make up the “I” letter in Abia acronym, has insisted on producing Abia governor come 2023.
According to the stakeholders championing the agitation, Isuikwuato division remains the only district in the four major districts that formed Abia State which is yet to take its turn on the seat of power.
The proponents comprising major stakeholders from different political parties as well as non -politicians have argued that , power should shift to the division come 2023 in the spirit of Abia charter of equity.
Meanwhile, Onyejeocha is among some of the names being flaunted for the plum job in some quarters.
In a recent meeting by the stakeholders at the country home of the former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Emma Nwaka, the stakeholders, urged all political parties in the state to cede their governorship slot to the division.
They warned against the bitter consequences of disrupting the Abia charter of equity or denying the district the opportunity of taking its turn on the seat of power.
The meeting attended by former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.); former Minister for Health, Professor Ihechukwu Madubuike; former Military Administrator of Cross River State, Navy Capt. Chris Osondu, even placed curse on any son or daughter of the division that would sabotage the struggle by accepting a Deputy governorship offer.
They agreed to jettison party differences and jointly pursue the agenda as one people.