By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—As preparations for the 2015 general elections gather momentum, a youth organisation in Imo State, Okigwe Youth Assembly, OYA, has challenged Okigwe zone to legitimately seek to complete its truncated tenure at Government House, Owerri.
OYA explained that its demand was in line with the spirit and dictate of established Imo Charter of Equity, after which Owerri zone will take over.
The OYA President, Dr. Onumuo Wilson, who made the position of the youths known to newsmen, however, reasoned that although the group was aware that what it was advocating lacked constitutional basis, it had become politically expedient for the people of the zone who were opposed to sacrificing competence and merit on the altar of mediocrity.
The youth leader blamed prominent indigenes of the zone who had held positions, and were still holding positions of authority at the various levels of government, for the poor development of the zone.
He said: “We, as a distinct group of people, should really have no need to cry for marginalisation going by the fact that we have actually been opportuned to hold key positions of leadership at the state and national levels.”
He argued that while the zone might not heap the blame of its woes, especially between 2007 and 2011, on individuals, the people of the zone should see the forthcoming 2015 election as an opportunity to review crucial issues affecting the zone.