TO actualize his 2015 governorship ambition, Senator Enyinna Abaribe has begun the tour of the three senatorial zones to consult key stakeholders in Abia State.
He started the tour with a visit to Ohafia headquarters of Abia North and a second one at Umuahia, Abia Central.
After the zones, the senator will visit the local councils, wards and organizations.
Speaking at the two fora, Abaribe (PDP, Abia South), who is the chairman Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, said beyond power coming to the Ukwa Ngwa of Abia South, the state must consider the candidate’s training, experience and exposure in matters of governance as Abia cannot afford the drawback of handing over power to a neophyte who would spend the first four years learning the ropes.
Recounting how he joined politics after a brilliant career that saw him at various times as a university don, businessman, corporate executive and politician, Abaribe said that he is the most qualified contender for the exalted post to date.
“I have been well honed by time and experience,” he said adding that his vision is to help Abia State create wealth with the ingenuity of the people and not to rely on the federal allocation. I am presenting myself to you as the most qualified candidate. A governor must be an all-rounded person,” he said.
Debunking rumours that he is not in good terms with the governor he described Governor Theodore Orji as a friend with whom he enjoys a cordial relationship, noting that it was the governor that paid him the arrears of his entitlements which was withheld by the former governor, Orji Kalu. He also recalled how Governor Orji brought peace to Abia State by bringing all the political gladiators in the state together and described the governor as a man who has laid the foundation for the state with his legacy projects.
Abaribe lauded the governor for shunning sycophants and upholding the law of natural justice by insisting that equity must be done by power shifting to the Ukwa Ngwa.