By Tony Okafor –
The Old Aguata Union has endorsed the re-election of Governor Willie Obiano.
The union is made up of three local government areas, Aguata, Orumba North and South of Anambra State.
A former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme; a former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife; and a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Chukwuma Soludo, are from the area.
Chairing the meeting that endorsed Obiano for a second term at Amaokpala, Orumba North Local Government Area on Friday night, Ezeife said one sure way to have peace and stability in any polity was by power rotation among the component units.
He said the incumbent governor, having come from Anambra North, should be allowed to complete the turn of the zone by serving for another four years.
Ezeife said the Igbo could not be crying for the rotation of the president of Nigeria only to start doing the wrong thing at state level.
He called on the people of Aguata union to take their destiny in their hands through cooperative electoral processes that would guarantee their chances of producing the governor of the state.
The meeting, which had in attendance two former deputy governors of the state, Dr. Okey Udeh and Chief Emeka Sibeudu, unanimously declared that the zone was tired of producing deputies.
In his remarks, Soludo said, “Nobody voluntarily leaves power. So, the surest way of getting power to the South, constitutionally speaking, is through a support for Obiano to complete his second term.
“Therefore, we shall support him to win the election. We want governor and not deputy and we are going to start a door-to-door campaign on this project.
“Obiano, who is from Anambra North district, has performed creditably in all sectors of governance. The governor has embarked on major infrastructural development in Aguata Union.
“He needs our union’s support to finish these projects. A change of government will stall the progress of such projects. The Old Aguata Union agrees with the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on the rotation of the governorship seat of the state among the central, north and south senatorial districts of the state.”