No man will stop my governorship ambition, says Imo deputy governor
Seven APC aspirants defy consensus baring kinsmen from contesting against Ikpeazu
Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, has said that no man would stop him from contesting the governorship seat of the state in the 2019 general elections.
He stated yesterday that the refusal of Governor Rochas Okorocha to endorse him for the office notwithstanding, he would not be deterred from contesting for the office as he was the most qualified to take over from the incumbent.
Speaking while receiving leaders from various parts of the state, Madumere disclosed that he would pursue his aspiration to a logical conclusion and would serve the best interest of the state if given the opportunity.
He said he possessed the right qualities to take the state to higher grounds, describing the Imo people as highly enlightened and who should be carried along in policy formulation and implementation for the greater good of the state.
Madumere likened his inability to secure Okorocha’s endorsement to the betrayal of Jesus Christ by those he loved and called his friends,” saying, however, that no man born of a woman could stop his ambition as God was the ultimate decider of anyone’s future.
Earlier, the group under the aegis of Dozie Imo Group led by Chief Mathew Oduh, said they visited Madumere to encourage him not to give up on his vision.
He said their support was due to his antecedents and meritorious service, describing Madumere as a seasoned administrator with a track record of scientific approach to finding solutions to challenges, which he had demonstrated over time even as deputy governor.
But Okorocha had insisted that his son-in-law and Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, would succeed him, a development that has unsettled the state’s political space.
Meanwhile, no fewer than seven governorship aspirants of Ukwa-Ngwa extraction in Abia State have signified their interest to vie for the governorship seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A source in the APC source disclosed this to The Guardian yesterday but declined revealing their identities.
Their aspiration, is however, a deviation from the consensus of the Ukwa-Ngwa people of March 2, 2018 at the Great Ukwa-Ngwa Declaration, in which they barred its indigenes from contesting the election against Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who also hails from Ukwa-Ngwa.
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