A renowned politician and legal luminary from Owerri zone, Mike Ahamba (SAN), on Monday said that the agitation for the governorship of the state in 2019 is not an exclusive right of the zone but an issue of equity and justice.
Ahamba who spoke at the Owerri unity convention at the Oxygen hotel in Owerri, the Imo state capital, stressed that the zone cannot assert the right to produce the next governor but should rather seek the collaboration of other zones in respect to equity and fairness.
According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, “in 1999 we supported Orlu zone for governor because we considered that they have not produced a governor yet even though we had only 18 months. Sam Mbakwe from Okigwe zone had four years and three months. Now that equity, that brotherliness, that understanding of our being one state called Imo should make you people to remember us and allow us to occupy the house that is built in our compound “.
He however advised the zone to work together in the pursuit of the ambition, warning that acts of sabotage will not be tolerated.
In his words, “this is our time and we must come together. We will not accept candidates that are nominated and sponsored from outside. We must come together but as we do it, let nobody use any method that that will offend his opponent. If there is fair play in nomination, if there is fair play in the election, there will be no problem in coming together at the end of it”.
Those in attendance include the state Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, frontline politician and Igbo leader, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, former Senator Chris Anyanwu, Retired Air Commodore Peter Gbujie, former Commissioner for Revenue Generation, Nick Okparandudu, Leo Stan Eke, wife of Ondo State governor, Beaty Anyanwu Akeredolu, among other politicians.