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The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has expressed delight over the cordial relationship existing among the leaders of the autonomous communities in Owerri, saying their desire to come together in the interest of their area will make his work easy for him.
In a statement by Oguwike Nwachuku, Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor which was made available to The Eastern Updates he assured them that he will not disappoint them as far as implementation of the Charter of Equity is concerned. ‘I will enforce it. I won’t disappoint your expectations,’ the governor said.
He made this assertion yesterday when he met with leaders from Owerri Municipal, Owerri North, Ikeduru and Mbaitoli local government areas of the state at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Council Chamber and at Agbala respectively.
The leaders from Owerri North, Ikeduru and Mbaitoli were led to the meeting, among others by APC chieftains – Chief Charles Amadi, Chief Henry Amadi and Dr. Macdonald Ebere – who brought some of their leaders, hitherto core opponents of the APC, to plead loyalty to Governor Uzodimma.
As new converts, the party and Governor Uzodimma are now free to win the election in their place. They admitted that the leaders they brought to the meeting with the governor were the biggest opponents the APC once faced in their regions.
Part of the reasons they said the leaders have resolved to join the APC and work for the governor’s reelection on November 11 is because of the Charter of Equity whose implementation will favour Owerri zone after the Uzodimma’s second term.
The event was at the Central School, Agbala field, where Nzuko Owerre General Assembly made up of 47 autonomous communities in the Owerri Federal Constituency of Owerri North, Owerri West and Owerri Municipal came together to support and endorse the governor for a second term in office.
They also unanimously upheld the Imo Charter of Equity as the best way for Owerri zone to produce the next governor of Imo State by 2027.
In an address read by the National President of Nzuko Owerri, Hon. Dan Ikpeazu, they commended the elders of Imo State for drafting the Charter of Equity, saying ‘it is a solution to the rancour and bickering that have attended to the leadership and power transition in the state over time.’
Ikpeazu said the meeting is non political and that all the communities are united in making the Charter of Equity a success and ‘to leverage on the opportunity offered by the Charter of Equity to position Owerri Federal Constituency for legitimate claim to power any time soon.’
They noted that Governor Uzodimma has good intentions for Owerri Federal Constituency considering the number of infrastructure the area has benefitted from since his assumption of office.
They used the opportunity to call on their sons and daughters to come out en mass on November 11, 2023 and ensure that Governor Uzodimma is voted maximally in their respective polling units.
Governor Uzodimma commended them for uniting ‘to see the light’ and joining in the positive move to peaceful transition of power in the state from one zone to the other.”
He said that “politics is about reciprocity” and that “the activities of Owerri Federal Constituency in the recent days are in tandem with the foremost document of Imo Charter of Equity which is the only way of getting power peacefully anywhere in the world.”
The governor said power is got via diplomatic engagement and not by confrontation because
“Power is a lion, you negotiate to get power.”
Governor Uzodimma assured them that having made the diplomatic outing, he is convinced that they are ready to take power and enjoined other federal constituencies in the state to toe the line of Owerri Federal Constituency to achieve same objective.
‘Leadership is not easy. Though everybody wants to be a governor, Imo State is looking for leaders who must be men of vision with strategy to translate vision into practical reality. Again, a leader globally speaking must be innovative, have vision and mission with entrepreneurship that will create wealth and prosperity for his people.
“To lead, one must lead the people and be ready for the people, conceive, design, implement and ensure you realize the idea.”
He thanked the Owerri Federal Constituency leaders for their initiative, noting that in “the past years, the state has lost a lot of lives to unknown gunmen, violence that is avoidable and with this initiative, the time has come for political stability in Imo State so that after this dispensation, every political party must go to Owerri Federal Constituency to look for a candidate.”
He added: “The same applies to Okigwe zone and the next turn of Orlu zone so that brothers will know their brothers, and sisters will know their sisters; politics of kill and bury will stop and the entire state will be happy as political stability is assured and guaranteed in Imo State.”
He thanked the leaders for organizing the programme and that he is with them always and urged them to continue with the message of cordial relationship and come out on November 11, 2023 and vote their consciences now that they know that “the Charter of Equity is about the people and the way to go.”
Governor Uzodimma reiterated that he was happy with the development in the councils under review and thanked the leaders for keying into the Charter of Equity.
The Deputy Governor, Prof Placid Njoku, the Chief of Staff, Nnamdi Anyaehie, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief COC Akaolisa, among other political appointees attended the meeting with the Governor.