2023 election: Group frowns alleged move by Stakeholders to alter charter of equity, insists Abia north must produce Gov
By Chijindu Emeruwa
A socio-cultural organization of youths from Old Bende bloc, of Abia state, Isiukwato Youths for Equity Alliance (IYEA), has dismissed the position of group of Concerned Ikwuano/Umuahia Stakeholders seeking return to Governorship seat of Abia state in the coming 2023 general election.
This was even as Isiukwato Youths described the outing by the Concerned Ikwuano/Umuahia Stakeholders as charade and comical, adding that their recent position in respect to the 2023 gubernatorial seat of the state is capable of causing unavoidable crisis and as well create disunity among people of the three Senatorial districts in Abia state.
Recall that the people of Ikwuano/Umuahia in Abia Central Senatorial Zone of Abia State, had on Wednesday, indicated interest in the forthcoming 2023 gubernatorial election.
According to the stakeholders, power has rotated among the 3 senatorial blocks of the state and should return to Abia central (Ikwuano/Umuahia), where there exists capable and reliable hands to handle the governorship position.
Their position was disclosed in a communique signed by a former House of Representatives Candidate in the last 2019 general election in Abia state, Hon Martins Ikechukwu Apugo and issued to journalists in Umuahia, the Abia state capital.
However, the Isiukwato Youths For Equity Alliance (IYEA), in a communique jointly signed by its President, Comrade Emma Iroegbulam and Publicity Secretary, Okechukwu Okeregbe, at the end of its enlarged meeting held in Patoria Annex Hotels, Umuahia, on Saturday, reiterated her position that power must shift to the Abia North Senatorial district of the state, hinging their stand on the charter of equity propagated by the founding fathers of Abia, which according to the youths, stipulated that the seat of governor of Abia should rotate among the three Senatorial districts of the state namely, Abia North, Abia central and Abia south.
The Abia socio-cultural youth organization also pointed that the three senatorial districts of the state have taken their shots at the Government House, Umuahia, naming Chief Orji Uzor Kalu who took the turn of Abia North for eight years; Senator Theodore Orji took turn of Abia central for eight years, and the incumbent Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu who is currently in his second term in office and his tenure will elaspe on the 29th May, 2023.
Continuing, the Isiukwato Youths for Equity Alliance, further added that as the Abia gubernatorial seat had rotated among the three senatorial zone hence the need for continuation of the power shift to consolidate on the existing development, progress and unity of the state for the good of Abia populaces.
It also expressed total regret on the undemocratic move by the group of Concerned Ikwuano/Umuahia Stakeholders to truncate the charter of equity enshrined by the Abia founding fathers.