A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika (retd), has canvassed for the next Governor of Abia State should come from the old Isiukwuato District of Abia North.
Ihejirika, who made this known on Thursday during his visit to the Chairman of Abia Founding Fathers Association, Dr. Onyike James Onyike at Isiukwuato, said it would be in line with the Abia Charter of Equity.
He stated that his visit was aimed at using Onyike as a point of contact to thank all the members of the Abia Fathers “for their well founded pronouncement” that the next Abia governor should come from Isuikwuato in Abia North.
Ihejirika, who was former Chief of Army Staff, COAS, said the position of the founding fathers was in tandem with the Abia charter of equity, which promoted peace, fairness and justice in the rotation of governorship seat among the component parts of Abia.
He described the stance of the founding fathers to rotate power as a landmark decision, adding, “it’s a demonstration of their love for brotherhood and peaceful coexistence in the state they fought very hard for its creation”.
He commended Onyike for his lifelong dedication, commitment, sacrifice and love for lsuikwuato and Abia state, having been there from conception, planning and executing the activities that led to the creation of the state in 1991.
Ihejirika said the justification for an Isiuikwuato person to become the next Governor of Abia State stemmed from the fact that out the four blocs that formed Abia (Afikpo, Bende, Isiukwuato and Aba, all except Isiukwuato had produced Governors.
Ihejirika was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Gift, Chief Raymond Nkemdirim, Ugwumba Amaise, Prince Okezie lsiocha and Sir Dave Agwalla.