Akpabio said that he sees himself as an Igbo man due to his long cultural ties and blood relationship with the people of South-East geopolitical zone, insisting that no other aspirant can best protect the interest of Ndigbo in Nigeria than himself if he becomes the president of the country.

2023: I'll turn Nigerian youths to men---- Akpabio

“I have South East blood in my family. My wife is from Ezeagu in Enugu state, and my uncle, Akpabio Udoh Akpabio moved the motion for the establishment of the University of Nigeria Nsukka,” he said.

Akpabio made the remarks while addressing delegates of the APC from Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi states, on a campaign trip.

“Nobody can treat South-East better than an in-law like myself.”

He, therefore, promised to address all the complaints of marginalization by Ndigbo, even as he pledged to replicate his uncommon transformation of Akwa-Ibom in the whole country if he becomes president of Nigeria.

“I’m in the race to win…I want to run on my record as governor of Akwa- Ibom. I will tackle insecurity as I tackled Nigeria Delta militancy.”