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We won’t contest 2011 presidency

By Tony Edike
ENUGU—SOUTH East governors, yesterday, resolved that they will not contest the position of President and Vice president in 2011 but refused to take a definite stand on whether they would support President Goodluck Jonathan for Presidency or not.

They said they would rather support for the presidency, a candidate with the best programme that would address the marginalization of the South East geopolitical zone as well as correcting political imbalance in the country.

The governors said in a communiqué issued after their meeting in Enugu last night: “On the matter of national politics, the governors have resolved in the interest of the zone, to stand and work together irrespective of party affiliations.

In that vein, the governors resolved that none of them will vie for the post of the president or vice president of the nation in 2011. We will support for presidency, a candidate with the best programme that will address the marginalization of the South East zone and political imbalance in Nigeria.”

Menace of kidnapping

The governors who met under the aegis of Forum of South East Governors also resolved to jointly wage war against the menace of kidnapping which had become a major security problem in the zone.

The communique which was read by Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, said: “We have resolved to match the perpetrators in the zone with equal force.”

While several security measures adopted by the governors were not disclosed, they however adopted a number of punitive measures to curtail the menace which they described as very disturbing.

These include, that “all property owners in the zone are advised to ensure that their properties are not used to facilitate kidnapping as any such properties would be seized by government and the Certificate of Occupancy revoked.

“That all traditional rulers and presidents-general of town unions in the zone are hereby warned that they would be held responsible for criminal acts in their communities, which occurrence would lead to withdrawal of certificate of recognition of traditional rulers or removal of the town union president-general in addition to prosecution.

“Leaders of various market unions and motor parks will also be held responsible for what happens within their domains and finally parents and families are warned to counsel their wards to desist from any acts capable of associating them with cases of kidnap.”

All the five governors: Peter Obi of Anambra State, Sullivan Chime of Enugu, Martins Elechi of Ebonyi, Ikedi Ohakim of Imo and Theodore Orji of Abia, were present at the meeting which lasted for four hours.


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