JOHNKENNEDY UZOMA, Owerri
Member, Board of Trustees, BoT of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, and Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN, are among prominent citizens of Owerri Senatorial zone that have made a strong case for the next governor of Imo State to come from Owerri zone in 2019.
They spoke during the 2017 Owerri summit held weekend at the All Saints Cathedral Church field, Egbu, Imo State.
Chief Iwuanyanwu in his speech condemned in strong terms the heavy blackmail and campaign of calumny against the PDP governorship candidate from Owerri zone by people of the zone in the 2015 general elections.
He blamed the people of the zone for being the cause of their problem noting with dismay that when time for election comes, it is the same Owerri people that would collect money from candidates from either Orlu or Okigwe zones to support them rather than their own
The business mogul attributed the problem of the zone to poverty, which he said, has always pushed them to support people from other zones and regretted that the zone had been impoverished in the last 16 years.
He stressed the need for establishment of cottage industries in the zone by leaders as a way to tackle poverty.
In his speech, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, representing Owerri zone at the National Assembly, expressed optimism that someone from Owerri zone would become the next governor of the state in 2019.
He said to achieve this project, there is need to get the support of the other zones and appealed to the people of Okigwe and Orlu zones to support the people of Owerri zone to achieve the task just the same way the Owerri zone had supported them in the past.
Chief Ahamba in his key note address, enumerated in six ways and means to attain unity, why power has eluded the zone and how to recover the lost grounds.
He suggested that effort should be made to tackle selfishness, stereotyping of one section by another, establishment of a common socio-cultural body and individual endorsement of multiple aspirants in the zone to achieve their target.
He demanded for equitable reciprocity from the other zones in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.
In the communique endorsed by Senator Anyanwu, Chief Pascal Dozie, chairman of the occasion, Hon. Oliver Ebwerenen, Chief Ahamba and Chief Fidel Onyeneke, the summit demanded that the next governor of Imo State should be an indigene of Owerri zone while calling on all the political parties in the state to choose their governorship candidates from the zone
They called on voters in Imo State to vote for only political parties that choose their candidates from Owerri zone.
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