July 1, 2022 12:12 am

I see the emergence of a brand new Abia with limitless possibilities – Prof. Ibe …As Abians React


From TCNEWS
Many Abians have continued to react to the victory of the Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, GUU Prof. Gregory Ibe in the just concluded governorship primary election of the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA, held in Umuahia.


Interacting with our correspondent shortly after the election results was declared by the Chairman of the Abia APGA Guber Electoral Committee, Barr. Echezona Etiaba, SAN, an Abian from Abia South senatorial district, Mrs Charity Adiele said Prof. Ibe’s victory was an expression of confidence the teeming party members had in his ability and capacity to propel Abia state to a greater height.


She commended the leadership of the party for ensuring the success of the primary election and for effectively mobilizing its members to participate fully in the electoral process.


Lending his voice, Mr. Gospel Elechi praised the APGA delegates for not only conducting themselves in anorderly manner but for ensuring that their choices are expressed freely, fairly, and unreservedly.


Mr. Ahiwe Ogbonna from Abia Central senatorial zone also lauded Prof. Ibe’s resounding victory in the primary election, saying that is an affirmation of his widely-acknowledged sterling performance in the private sector.


He appreciated other aspirants for their doggedness and maturity before and during the exercise, observing that they ran the race like brothers.


He encouraged them to always remember that the challenge before Abia state, which the party must solve, is the challenge to rescue and to restore Abia.


Ahiwe expressed optimism that the victory of Prof. Ibe at the governorship primary election will be a victory for all and called on Abians to support the APGA candidate.


Also, Mrs Ogechi Ajomiwe in a congratulatory message hailed the credible, free and fair as well as transparent manner the primary election was conducted.


She assured Prof. Ibe of her maximum support to ensure his victory at the general elections so that the party will take over power in not just the state but in the country.


Ajomiwe urged him to be magnanimous in victory by carrying along all those who contested with him for the overall good of the party in particular and state in general.


Mr. Onuoha Igwe from Abia North senatorial district commended the electoral officials who midwife the primary election as well as thesecurity agents who were on the ground to ensure a peaceful exercise.

Meanwhile, Prof. Gregory Ibe, who polled a total number of 283 votes to defeat his closest rival Etigwe Uwa, SAN who got 148 votes declared that the wall of Jericho has fallen as APGA which he described as the number one party will take over Abia in 2023 and lift the state up and out of rots of bad governance and administration. 


Read below the acceptance speech by Prof. Gregory Ibe
Umunnem Ndi Abia,
It is with great joy that I address you today.

First I want to render thanksgiving to the Almighty God for His faithfulness, unbounding grace and unfailing mercy. Unto him that loves His people in Abia abundantly with everlasting love be praise and glory in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!

Prof. Greg Ibe


Let me also convey special thanks to the organizers of this primary election for their diligence and hardwork. There is no doubt that the success of this exercise is the result of their hardwork.

In this regard, I remain grateful to the entire members of the National Working Committee of our great party, APGA ably led by the National Chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Oye, members of our State Working Committee under the leadership of Rev. Augustine Ehiemere. Thanks for the wisdom of assembling all aspirants together to sign a peace accord thereby creating a level playing field for the elections.
Indeed, it was a keenly contested election that paraded an ‘A’ list of political heavyweights. I am humbled being declared winner in a such a hot contest.

To our leader High Chief Chikwe Udensi, our own General Ijioma Nwokoro Ijioma and my brother, the legal icon, Barr. Etigwe Uwa, SAN. I appreciate you all for your determination to change the narrative of Abia through the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. In the actual sense you are all winners as I make bold to declare today that there is NO VICTOR NO VANQUISHED!

I therefore extend the hand of fellowship to you my brothers as fellow winners and co-labourers and implore you to join me in the task of salvaging Abia from imminent collapse. As we begin the final journey of redeeming Abia my remain open to receive and welcome those unique ideas that can help us realize the NEW ABIA of our dream.


How can I forget the role played by our delegates who not only dislocated themselves from their comfort zones but also conducted themselves peacefully throughout the entire exercise. I hail you all!


And to the security agencies, Police, Army, DSS, NSCDC, Navy, etc, thank you for helping maintain the peace.


Let me also use this opportunity to appreciate the labours of our team members in Abia Crusaders Foundation, ACF Great Abia Project Movement, GAPM and Gregory Ibe Campaign Organization, GICO throughout the 184 wards and 17 Local Government Areas of Abia State. To our women and youth leaders in all pro PGI Organizations, thank you… Unu Nwe Akaa!
Umunnem, indeed today is a good day to be an Abian. I want to profoundly appreciate Abians in general for their patience and prayers so far. I assure you that God has heard our collective prayers and has subsequently commenced the salvation of our state. Since it will not be an APGA affair alone. I therefore request all hands to come on deck for us to rewrite the story of our dear State. Irrespective of the party you are affiliated to this is the time to think less of personal interests and more of our collective aspirations as a people destined by God for greatness. As the lamentation of Abians of 24 years comes to an end shortly, I implore you to weep no more, EBEZINA, NIHI NA CHUKWU NO NSO! OGA EHICHE ANYA MMIRI ANYI NILE! For in the horizon I see the emergence of a brand new Abia with limitless possibilities.
God bless Abia!


Prof. Gregory Ikechukwu Ibe, PhD, OFR (Enyi Abia)Abia APGA Gubernatorial Candidate 

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