By G9ija

A stalwart of the Young Progressive Party from Abia State, Chief James Okereke Anyaogu, has disclosed the rationale behind his withdrawal from 2023 Abia gubernatorial race.

The YPP chieftain stated the reason for his withdrawal in a statement he issued in the state capital, Umuahia, on Monday.

He maintained that his recent action does not entail the abandonment of his goals to see to the actualization of a working Abia, and reassured that every plan to rescue the state as an individual, especially the youths.

According to the YPP chieftain: “You all are desirous of a better Abia State which is a direct reflection of my thoughts and mission.

“Abia State must be rescued and I shall continue to do whatever that is necessary to place Abia State above an average scale.

“However, the events of these few days have not been executed as planned and due to this, and the circumstances beyond my control, a difficult decision that is hard for me to take but has become the best decision, I wish to inform you all of my withdrawal from the Abia 2023 guber race.

“This does not entail the abandonment of my goals to see a working Abia. Every plan to rescue Abia State as an individual, especially the youths is intact and I shall ensure its initiation, completion, and commissioning for the betterment of Abians.

“Due to the state of hopelessness and deprivation I have witnessed in Abia, I shall continue to provide the monthly stipends to the retired 47 Abia pensioners who have been on my payroll since April 2020.”