By Ikenna Asomba
Since the beginning of his second term, when the Abia State Governor, Dr. Theodore Orji, declared that in 2015, the governorship seat will move to Abia South Senatorial District and not just Ukwa/Ngwa political bloc, political intrigues and controversies have continued to trail this decision.
Just recently at the swearing-in of newly appointed Transition Committee chairmen for the 17 local government areas of the state in Umuahia, Orji had reiterated that power will move to Abia South in 2015, saying: “I am a product of rotation. If there was no rotation, I may not be governor today.
I must continue with rotation because power moved from Abia North to Abia Central and must go to South. It is incumbent on me because failure to do that will be injustice to myself and my party. It is fair to both God and man.”
Against this backdrop and countdown to the poll, the Vice President, Isikwuato Development Union, IDU, Lagos chapter, Okechukwu Nzekwe, has said that the governor is trailing the wrong path in the twilight of his tenure, pointing that it is the turn of the Isikwuato people to govern the state, and not Abia South, considering the ABIA Charter of Equity produced in 1981 with Dr. Michael Okpara as the chairman of the committee.
Similarly, another illustrious son of Isikwuato in Abia North Senatorial District, the President, Masters Energy Oil and Gas, Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah (Onwa), who has declared interest for the governorship race, has faulted governor Orji’s position, noting that God is the only ultimate decision maker that gives power to man.
They spoke Sunday, in Lagos, at the reception organised by the Abia State Town Unions Association, ASTUA, Lagos chapter, to welcome Ogah, who is contesting under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP
Nzekwe, who doubles as the Public Relations Officer of the youth wing of ASTUA, Lagos chapter, said it was unfortunate that the incumbent governor was playing politics at the twilight of his tenure, by insisting to allocate power to Abia South in the forthcoming guber poll.
He said: “It is unfortunate that at the twilight of the administration of Governor Theodore Orji, he has gone political by simply allocating the 2015 governorship ticket of the state to Abia South Senatorial zone.
It is quite unfortunate that he is repeatedly standing on that position. We all know that before the creation of the state, the Abia State Movement had an acronym, ABIA, so, the governorship should actually go by that word.
“We have had a governor, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who is from Afikpo. He passed the baton of leadership to Orji Uzor Kalu, who is from Bende. Orji Uzor Kalu should have passed the baton to an Isuikwuato man, but he passed it to his Chief of Staff, Dr. Theodore Orji. Now, history is beckoning on Dr. T.A. Orji to right the wrong by passing the baton to an Isuikwuato man, but instead, he is playing politics, by insisting that the governorship ticket should go to Nkwa-Ngwa, which is in Abia South.
That is a very wrong thing to do at this moment. Abia belongs to all of us. The governorship should rightly go to Isikwuato. From there, we move on to Aba-Ngwa.
“This is the time for Ochendo to right these wrongs. Insisting that the governorship ticket must go to Abia South, shows that he is trailing the wrong path in the twilight of his tenure. It therefore behooves on him to have a reversal. He should allow Abia Charter of Equity to take its course. He should hand over to an Isikwuato man.”
Why I want to run
Meanwhile, Ogah said his decision to compete for the plum job is based on his determination and confidence to bring the true dividends of governance to Abia people and to make them rejoice.
He said: “My decision to run is based on the fact that just last week, when T.A. Orji met with the Abia PDP caucus, he hinted that there is now a window for every bonafide indigene of Abia to run, pointing that since the creation of the state, the race to the plum job has always been keenly contested.
On this note, it is my determination and confidence that I shall make our people to rejoice. Abia state will be second to none. What you see in other states will be a far cry of what is going to be witnessed in Abia state, when I emerge and that is why the motto of our manifesto is ABIA REJOICE.”
Reacting on the governor’s decision that power must be shifted to Abia South, the billionaire business mogul and oil magnate said: “There is nobody that is all-knowing. Everybody has his own contribution to bring to fore.
Our governor is an administrator that has been able to harmonise the state, so we need a technocrat, a man that has the vision and passion, a man that can galvanise the resources that we have in Abia state and turn them into gold.
The ABIA REJOICE as an acronym, is what I want to present to the Abia people, because it has been said that the taste of the pudding is in the eating.
“However, our governor has the capacity, he has the right to say where he wants to shift power to, but one ultimate entity that has the greatest power is God, for power belongs to him. So, at various times, God gives power to whoever he chooses and nobody questions that. The truth is that every contestant for the plum job is a competent person, but the battlefield decides who wins.
When David was to fight Goliath, he was nobody, but Goliath was an army. However, God was on David’s side, so, because God was on his side, he will also be on my side and I will be there.”
Earlier, the President General, ASTUA, Mr. Emmanuel-Anthony Ekwuribe, however warned that the union was not a political platform, but a socio-cultural body whose membership cut across the Senatorial Districts in Abia State, communities and town unions.
His words: “Our union is not a political organisation, rather it is a socio-cultural union that is ready to welcome people, no matter the political affiliation. We are not here to endorse any candidate, but want is important to us is somebody who will not disgrace us, but will continue with the good works of the present administration and take Abia State to the next level.”