By Sir Don Ubani; KSC, JP
Okwubunka of Asa
Ngwa High School, Aba, witnessed a multitudinal congregation of Youths of Ukwa/Ngwa geo-political entity today.
The Youths, numbering tens of thousands, had gathered to make a simple but special declaration.
In an unambiguous term, the youths from the nine local government areas of the State boldly affirmed that There Is No Vacancy In Government House, Umuahia, come 2019.
According to them and broadly in line with Abia Charter of Equity, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who has performed most creditably in all sectors of governance, has both constitutional and moral justification to go for a second tenure.
This Declaration was made following a motion eloquently moved by a former Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Prince Christopher Enweremadu from Isialangwa-North and brilliantly seconded by a former Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Barr Chinedum Elechi.
The youths, therefore, urged Governor Ikpeazu to declare, without any equivocation, his justifiable interest to re-contest in 2019.
When the motion was put to vote by the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chikwendu Kanu, a deafening unanimous Aai confirmed it.
The Chairman of the occasion and Vice Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Uche Ikonne, in his opening speech, had eulogized Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for having visibly turned around the fortune of the University within the short period he has been in office, in addition to infrastructural revolution taking place in the State.
In his own speech, the visiting Governor of Ekiti State; Chief Peter Ayodele Fayose, urged the people of Abia State to treasure Governor Ikpeazu as a very precious asset. He predicted that Governor Ikpeazu will be overwhelmingly re-elected in 2019 and he will be in Abia to witness his inauguration.
The three serving Senators from Abia State; Chiefs T A Orji, Enyi Abaribe and Mao Ohuabunwa and some Members of House of Representatives from the State commended the Youths of Ukwa/Ngwa, resourcefully led by Chief Erondu Junior, for initiating the concept that gloriously metamorphosed into the Declaration.
In his response, Governor Ikpeazu expressed gratitude to the Youths for their worthwhile decision and assured the good people of Abia State that his commitment to good governance in the State will remain unabated.
Many dignitaries, including a former President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Rt Hon Adolf Wabara, Dame Victoria Akanwa, the Chairman of Traditional Rulers’ Council of Abia State; His Royal Majesty; Eze Eberechi Dick, Chief Tony Ukasanya, Mrs Precious Achumba, Chief Regan Ufomba, Hon Chinwe Nwanganga, the Chairman of ASOPADEC, Chief Sam Nwogu, Chief Ginger Onwusoibe, Hon Tony Mezie Nwubani, Chief Allen Nwachukwu, Arc Dan Nwankwo and the Majority Leader in Abia State House of Assembly, Engr Chinedu Orji, graced the occasion.
The State Chairman of PDP in Abia State; Sir Johnson Onuigbo, was represented by the State Publicity Secretary of the Party, Sir Don Ubani.
With all these Declarations and Adoptions, the inevitable question is, why must another person volunteer to come and waste his or her time and money? This is quite important when weighed on the basis of the fact that Governor Ikpeazu hails from Abia-South and, indeed, Ukwa/Ngwa zone of the State that had not produced a Governor before his emergence.