The factional governoship candidate of the opposition All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State Prof Gregory Ibe has announced a serving member of Abia State House of Assembly, Hon. Obinna Ichita as his running mate ahead of the 2023 gubernatorial election.
Prof Ibe announced this in a statement on Friday, stating that the choice of his deputy is “the outcome of an extensive, rigorous and painstaking screening exercise conducted by the party among many aspirants initially, which finally culminated in the nomination of three eminently qualified Abians, from whom Hon Ichita emerged”.
The statement read in part, “In arriving at Hon Ichita, the party adhered strictly to existing guidelines, protocols, due process and ground rules, which among many criteria provide for specific functions and contributions by different organs of the party at State Working Committee (SWC) and National Working Committee (NWC) levels, in collaboration and consultation with the candidate”.
The statement listed as criteria that led to the choice of Ichita as running mate to include, “his enduring membership of APGA even during turbulent periods, sterling performance as leader of the party in the House of Assembly, equalizing senatorial zone of origin, public acceptability and grassroots support”.
Hon Obinna Ichita is a two term member currently representing Aba South in Abia House of Assembly.
Recall that at an indirect primary election which took place at Villa Roy hotel in Umuahia, Sir Chikwe Udensi had emerged the governorship candidate.
Both are laying claims to the governorship ticket of the party.