A cleric, Emeka Nwankpa, a Senior Pastor in Chapel of Faith International Bible Ministry has joined the 2023 governorship race in Abia on the platform of the Accord Party.
Nwankpa, who made the declaration on Friday in Umuahia, said that he was sent by God to restore socioeconomic development in Abia State.
The cleric said that since he was instructed by God, he would not rely on any human connection or godfatherism in his ambition.
”I have heavenly connection and God has said that I am the next governor, whether devil likes it or not.
“I have the drive, the intellectual capacity, the knowledge and wisdom to pursue the dream of a new Abia, where accountability will be my watchword, above all considerations.
“My mission and focus will be to change Abia in four years and my imprint and developmental strides will be felt in all the 17 local government areas of the state,” he said.
Nwankpa said that he would run a government that would not only listen to intellectuals and technocrats, but that also would meet the needs and aspirations of the people.
He promised to work with traditional institutions in tackling the challenges confronting Abia as a state.
The party’s State Chairman, Mr Umah Ogbonna, described Nwankpa as a refined and visionary leader who, would liberate the state.
“I prayed to God to give us a candidate and He gave us Bishop Nwankpa,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 52 year-old gospel artiste, who has three albums to his credit, hails from Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area.( NAN)