WE’LL END POLITICS OF CLANNISHNESS FOR OKIGWE DEVELOPMENT, SAYS UWAJUMOGU
The Speaker, Imo state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu has again renewed calls for the concerted efforts of relevant stakeholders in Okigwe zone towards ensuring that development is given unfettered access to every nook and cranny of the zone, while vowing that principles of political clannishness will no longer deter development from getting to the intended rural populace.
Fielding questions from newsmen shortly after his arrival from Abuja last week, the Speaker restated that it was time for serious development in the zone, which he said was yet to attain the needed mileage other zones have made, adding that if relevant leaders in the zone could pull their strengths and talents together for the common good of their people, the overall development of the area would be a thing of the past.
He advised politicians from the zone to desist from adopting divisive and clannish philosophies which is aimed at destabilizing the zone for their selfish interests to the detriment of the people, adding that clannishness among other things, breed mediocrity and unpopular policies, which according to him, had held the zone backward for a long time.
Rt. Hon. Uwajumogu, maintained that it was time politicians from the zone began to canvass for all round development that cut across the six local government councils of the zone, as against their selected clans, adding that his opportunity of leading the state House of Assembly has accorded him the privilege of attracting democracy dividends to the entire zone.
Said he: “The development of Okigwe zone is not limited to a particular community or local government. To me, the wind of development knows no bound, and that’s why as the speaker and a leader in the zone, I have seen Okigwe zone as my primary constituency and not Ihitte-Uboma as it may suggest”.
The speaker however disclosed that his leadership no doubt, has attracted and facilitated the signing into law some legacy projects which cut across the entire zone. These projects according to him are: the urbanization of Okigwe town, several kilometers of rural road networks, the resuscitation of Avutu poultry farm in Obowo and the Malaysian international market, Imo state College of Education (Technical) Ihitte-Uboma, Imo Turkish University in Onuimo, the Umunakanu campus of the Imo state Polytechnic, new school buildings in all the electoral wards of the zone, new modern general hospitals in all the local governments of the zone, water projects, skill acquisition centers and empowerment of women and youths from the zone into meaningful ventures.
On his aspiration to represent the zone at the senate in the forth coming polls, the speaker further argued that despite the fact that the trumpeted 1978 zoning formula of the senatorial seat remained in his favor, he will still expect the people of the zone to choose their preferred representative to the senate based on performance, experience, productivity, ranking membership, outspokenness, credible antecedents in the area of youths and women empowerment and accessibility advantage, as against clannish sentiments.
“it is ridiculous even under any form of blackmail or cheap political maneuver, for an aspirant to say that Ihitte-Uboma is not favored by Okigwe senatorial zonal arrangement when the local government is yet to have a shot at the senate”, the speaker asserted.
On the zoning of elective positions in the area which is contrary to the lies and deceits employed by some aspirants to confuse the people and reduce the support of their perceived stronger opponents, an elder statesman from the zone Chief EJK Onyebuchi, pointed out that in the year 1978, before the first ever senatorial election in Okigwe zone, the leaders which included, Prof. Echeruo, Former Governor Sam Mbakewe, Nze Philip Nwosu, Chief Benson Maduako, Chief Anamekwe and other stakeholders held a meeting at one Mr. ‘O.k 2000’s’ residence in Okigwe local government where he (Chief Onyewuchi) made the proposal that the first senate slot should go to Okigwe local government, a proposal which an Okigwe man stood up and zoned to Ehime Mbano, after which a conclusion was reached that the seat should rotate to all the remaining local government areas in the zone, except in a situation whereby a particular local government is considered to have performed optimally, that area would be given another chance to further represent the zone.
He emphasized that three local governments in the area, namely; Ehime Mbano, Isiala Mbano and Obowo have had their shots at the senate, while Ihitte-Uboma, Onuimo and Okigwe local governments are yet to represent the zone in the senate. He therefore made it clear that for equity and the zoning arrangement by the leaders, any credible candidate from the aforementioned local government areas should be allowed to represent the zone this time.