By Zika Bobby and Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka
The 45 communities that make up Old Aguata Union (OAU) at the weekend adopted Godwin Chukwunenye Ezeemo of the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) as their choice for the November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra State.
Clement Onyemobi, chairman of the Movement For Greater Anambra State (MOFGAS) moved a motion for Ezeemo, an industrialist, to be adopted as OAU sole candidate in the governorship election while Emeli Vincent and Prince Joe Emenike moved same motion for Orumba South and North.
Ezeemo, in his address said every zone in Anambra has had its turn in the governance of the state and so “Government House at Agu Awka is vacant and somebody has got to fill it and that person must come from Aguata.”
Meanwhile, Movement for National Integration (MNI), yesterday said it would support the United Progressives Party (UPP) in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.
Members of the group are said to be loyalists of the late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Some members of the group who also played vital roles in the survival of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) said their decision to back the UPP was due to alleged “nepotistic tendencies” of Governor Willie Obiano.
Making their stand known to newsmen in Neni, Anaocha Local Government Area of the state, spokesman of the group, Chief Ben Ezeibe said the incumbent APGA governor in Anambra State plays “politics of exclusion,” adding that there were lack of open government and consultation of the business class in decision making in the state.
The chairman and secretary of the organising committee of the event, Prince Joe Emenike and Dan- Chibo Umeh lamented that because of its abundant human and material resources, “OAU sons are the major power brokers in the state, but we never saw any need to use the opportunity to advance the developmental fortunes of OAU or project our own to the highest level of power in the state.
“We were plunged into slavery from which we are yet to regain freedom, otherwise, why are we in the habit of holding the ladder for other zones to climb to power only to turn round and grumble that we are side-lined”
They listed some of the leading lights of Nigeria who hail from the area as former vice president Dr. Alex Ekwueme, late industrialist Chief Mathias Ugochukwu, former governor of the Central Bank, Professor Charles Soludo, former governor Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Senator Andy Ubah and his brother Chris, Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Bishop of Ahiara Diocese Most Rev. Dr. Peter Okpaleke, Anglican Bishops of Ogbaru, Most Rev, Dr, Chukwudi Ezeofor and his counterpart at Amichi, Rt. Rev. Ephraim Ikeako.