Abuja, Nigeria – The Abia State (South East Nigeria) foremost governorship candidate, Prof Greg Ibe dismissed rumours – again – that he suffers from a debilitating illness, stating publicly that he is not in poor health; “I’m medically and physically fit to govern Abia state if voted into power.
The APGA governorship candidate has been the subject of both reports and rumours regarding his health for months, but during an appearance in public on Thursday to inaugurat his campaign offices in Aba and Umuahia, Prof Ibeh called the claims about his health a “wacky strategy by opposition parties who are already jittery of his assured victory.”
“You know that information specialists of opposition parties have been throwing out various fakes news about the state of my health in recent months – these are nothing but fakes. I’m fit to govern Abia, I will declare state of emergency on infrastructure,” he added.
The APGA governorship hopeful who just returned from the United States where he had consultations and town hall meetings with Abians in diaspora also made a stopover for medical check following a slide he had last year, said he had fully recovered, and had returned to take over power in 2023.
“I am physically and mentally fit; I have returned to take over power and rebuild the Abia State,” he said.
Prof Ibe said that while abroad, he provided free medical and surgical outreach for Abians across the state because of his concern for the health of the people.
He promised to revive all public hospitals and medical facilities in Abia to deliver quality and affordable health care to the people.
“During the free medical outreach we had, we have gathered statistics that will help us fix the health needs of our people,” he disclosed.
Decrying infrastructural deficit in Aba, Ibe promised to declare a state of emergency on infrastructure in the commercial city if voted into power.
He said “Aba is very critical to the survival of Abia State and South East economy” but regretted that the” Enyimba City has become a ghost town” due to infrastructural decay.
Prof Ibe said he was not coming to impoverish but to rebuild the state and actualise the dreams of the founding fathers.
According to him,” I have returned to take over power and rebuild the state. I will declare a state of emergency on infrastructure in Aba until Aba is restored. I will listen to the yearnings Abians and build a state they will be proud of. Aba is now a ghost town but I will stop at nothing in making sure I build a new Aba that will become a leading city in Nigeria. I will build new Umuahia and give it a befitting look as a state capital. I have come to salvage Abia and not to steal.”
On how the chairmanship tussle rocking the state chapter of the party would impact on his chances, the governorship hopeful said the party had “no crisis”.
He added that “if at all there is crisis, God has recruited men like Abaribe, myself and others to deal with any crisis”.
Prof. Ibe said that “APGA is intact under the leadership of Rev. Augustine Ehiemere” as the authentic Chairman of the party.
In a remark, former Senate Minority Leader and the senatorial candidate for Abia South, Chief Enyinnaya Abaribe, said that APGA had come to take over the state to provide the right leadership for the good of all.
He said that with the advent of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS, “the era of rigging of election or sitting in a room to write results is over”.
Abaribe urged Abia voters to arms themselves with their voter’s card and end bad governance in the state in 2023.
Speaking at the event, APGA Chairman, Rev. Ehiemere said that the emergence of Ibe as the party’s flag bearer had ignited an unstoppable political movement that would end bad governance and enthrone credible leadership in the state.
He said that Prof Ibe had the credibility, capacity and International contacts needed to fix Abia, while soliciting for support for all APGA candidates.