19 February 2013

Nigeria: It's Turn of Abia South to Produce Governor - Wabara

Umuahia — Former Senate President, Chief Adolphus Wabara, has said it was the turn of Abia South Senatorial zone to take over from Governor Theodore Orji.

According to Wabara, it would be a good reflection of political equation, equity and fairness, if a person from the zone took over as governor in 2015.

Wabara spoke, weekend, when he hosted a meeting of Ukwa Peoples Assembly in his country home at Ohambele, Ukwa East Council of the state.

Governor Theodore Orji had said openly in many fora that he would hand over to someone from that zone but political watchers in the state believe the onus fell squarely on the people of the zone to work for it, more so when politicians from the area hardly work together.

Addressing the meeting which was attended by prominent Ukwa politicians, Wabara tasked them to come together to work for the actualization of producing the next governor of Abia State in 2015.

Abia South zone comprises six local government areas, including Aba North and South; Ukwa East and West; Ugwunagbo and Obingwa.

Wabara said he convened the meeting to know the stand of Ukwa people in Abia politics. According to him, the governorship rotation started in North Senatorial zone, now in the Central Senatorial zone and hoped it would be the turn of South in 2015.

He said: "We are the ones that gave Abia State the right to be known as oil producing state. Every where in Nigeria people are talking about 2015, yet we are sitting down here, not doing anything. In politics, one plus one can be zero".

"When I was the Senate President, I was working towards the goal of an Ukwa man becoming the Governor of this state. But Immediately I was exited, the politics of that time changed because we agreed that we are patient dogs in Abia state.

"Today, all kinds of things are flying around the whole of Abia state and we can not keep quiet and allow it. We need to talk as a people. I don't believe in individualism, I believe in a system. I was transparent and created the awareness for the next Governor to come from Ukwa.

"But immediately I was exited, every thing changed and we kept waiting, and we can't wait for ever. Now it is our turn, the game changed then, but it can no longer change now because it is our turn. Give the Governorship to Abia South come 2015, there is no way anybody can change the game, Theodore Orji knows this.

"Theodore Orji is a liberator, but he can not liberate if his hands are not clean, he should liberate by handing over to Abia South. If he has power to choose, he should choose somebody from Abia South. We the Ukwa people support him, what we are asking for must be done for us.

"I am not contesting, I will be 65 in June; we should give the younger people the opportunity to come up. The question in my mind is where do we go from here, as far as I am concerned, I will continue to fight for my people."

The meeting was attended by the Federal House of Representatives member, Uzoma Abonta, Deputy Speaker of Abia House of Assembly, Alwell Asiforo Okere, Commissioner for Petroleum Resources, Chief Don Ubani, one time Commissioner of information in Abia State, Pastor Ralph Egbu, a Commissioner in ASOPADEC, Emeka Stanley, former deputy speaker of Abia House of Assembly, Chief Chinedum Elechi, Chief Chris Nkwonta, Mr. Glory Kalu, Lady Victoria Akanwa, Sir Aliosius Nwabara, Chief Sylvanus Nwaji, Chief P.C. Elechi, traditional rulers, among others.

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