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Don’t seek reelection, Owerri zone gov candidates tell Uzodimma

by OkeomaNews

Governorship candidates from the Owerri zone senatorial district of Imo State have asked the state governor, Hope Uzodimma, to respect the state’s charter of equity by withdrawing his reelection ambition.

The governorship candidates who signed a peace accord, pledged to play by the rule guarding the election.

The governor candidates who included the Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Ejiogu of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Kemdi Opara of the Young Progressives Congress and Kachi Nwoga of the Action Democratic Party, said that it was undemocratic for Uzodimma to be seeking a reelection while his Orlu senatorial district had ruled the state for 20 years out of the 24 years since the return of democracy in 1999.

The position of the governorship candidate was part of the resolutions reached at the 5th anniversary of the Egbu declaration held on Saturday and statement released in Owerri on Sunday.

Others who endorsed the communique included a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ahamba SAN, former speakers of other state House of Assembly Nnaemeka Maduagwu and Nnaemeka Maduagwu, the chairman and the secretary of the anniversary, 

Julius Onyenucheya and Martin Opara, decried the insecurity ravaging the state.

The resolution read in part “that we are alarmed at the rising spate of insecurity in Imo State which has resulted in the killing of many innocent Imo indigenes, burning of many homes and led many  Imolites to flee their homes thereby making them internally displaced persons (IDPs) in their own State. We urge the governor of Imo State to rededicate himself to the return of peace and security in our State and advice perpetrators of this strange plague in our land to shield their swords.  

“That the generality of the people of Owerri zone further adopt all the positions of the maiden EGBU DECLARATION against injustice in the Imo sociopolitical landscape which has seen Owerri zone and her people, meted with the worst injustice, and call on our people not to accept the current attempt to confine our zone to political dustbin in the Imo project.

“That we stand on the CHARTER OF EQUITY which was propounded by Imo elders and founding fathers in good conscience, on the return of democracy in 1998.

“That we deeply regret that successive political actors have continued to truncate this brotherly accord which recognized the tripod arrangement of Imo State and laid a foundation for power to rotate between the three sister Senatorial zones of Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe, in the interest of peace, equity and fairness.

“That we reject in it’s totality, the politically contrived and fake charter of Equity being foisted on the people of Imo State by the incumbent governor whose zone has held on to the Governorship of our State for twenty years, leaving Owerri and Okigwe zones with seven months and four years respectively.

“That we remind Owerri zone politicians who are gallivanting and singing hallelujah for the governor with this fake Charter of Equity that posterity will hold them accountable when the history of political injustice against Owerri Zone will be told. They should desist from spitting on the faces of their people and dancing on the graves our our ancestors who were signatory to the genuine IMO CHARTER OF EQUITY.

“That we totally condemn the destruction of an Imo ancient landmark, the Nekede Zoe which has over several decades, served as an educational, recreational and tourist centre to Imo children and visitors alike. The hasty decision to destroy the monument, cart away all investments in the Zoe and plan to share the land without relocating the facility to a befitting location and transferring multi billion wildlife inhabitants of the Zoe is misplaced, ill-intentioned and fraudulent. We urge the government to have a second look at the decision, to protect the future of our children and save our ecosystem.

“That we advice our Owerri zone brothers who are in the race for 2023 Imo Governorship, to come together and unite behind a single candidate among them, for a stronger and successful outing on 11th November 2023.

“That we restate that there will be no better way to restore equity and fairness in Imo that supporting Owerri zone to produce the next governor of Imo State come 11th November 2023, and urge Owerri electorates to wake up from slumber and vote for any credible Owerri zone Governorship candidate.

“That we thank the leaders and good people of Owerri zone who has continued to speak up in the face of injustice faced by our zone in the Imo project.”

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