It was a gathering of who is who in Okigwe Zone today Sunday February 23rd, 2020 as Elders Council in Okigwe Zone, Political Leaders, Traditional Rulers, Academia, Head of Religious Organizations, Women and Youth leaders all assembled at the Umueze-1, country home of Chief Tony Chukwu (Onweghi ihe Kariri Chineke) , to plot a way forward for the zone ahead of the forthcoming Imo North by-election, and to engender Peace and unity among sons and daughters of Okigwe Zone.
Before the commencement of day's activity , a minute silent was observed in honor of their departed Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu.
The meeting which is non partisan had in attendance the traditional rulers from the six local government areas in Okigwe zonal led by HRH Eze Okeke (Chairman Okigwe Zonal Traditional Rulers Council), The Religious Leaders were led by the Primate Methodist Church of Nigeria (His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche), Minister of State Education (Prof Emeka Nwajiuba) led the Political Class and HRH Eze Oliver Ohanwe led the Okigwe Elders Council to the stakeholders meeting.
Declaring the intent of the meeting, the convener and Chairman Okigwe Zone Elders Council said the meeting is simply for the zone to unite for peace and development, that without unity of purpose, there will be no meaningful development. Chief Longers Anyanwu raised the floor of discussion when he boldly said that the only problem Okigwe Zone had was the political rivalry amongst billionaires from Mbano extraction, stating that their disagreement and inability to come together had caused Okigwe Zone great fortune in terms of socioeconomic and infrastructural development. For Okigwe to move forward, Chief Anyanwu made it clear that all the leaders must come together and unite for the overall interest of the zone. The chief host, Chief Tony Chukwu who bared his mind, said the leaders of Okigwe Zone had made great mistakes in the past, stating that going forward, the leaders which he is among must forgo personal interest and work for the betterment of Okigwe Zone. Onweghi ihe Kariri Chineke reiterated that, time has come for promising youths and young Okigwe sons and daughters be given a chance and be supported to move the zone forward. On the forthcoming Okigwe Zone Senatorial by-election Chief Chukwu said, "the choice of who will replace their late brother Senator Benjamin Uwajimogu would be a collective decision of Ndi-Okigwe Zone, that no one individual will decide." Chief Chukwu emphasized that time has gone when one individual will dictate for Okigwe Zone who will go and represent them at the National Assembly. He said," this time, not even himself Tony Chukwu, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, Ex-Governor Ikedi Ohakim, etc, will decide who will go, rather a unanimous and collective decision of Ndi-Okigwe Zone. He made it clear that a credible young man or woman must be encouraged and supported to go to the Senate, not the old faces always justling for the Senate position everytime"
Hon Emeka Nwajiuba, Hon Emma Ibediro, Chief Cosmas Iwu, Senator Mathew Nwagwu, Ambassador Eddy Onuoha and other leaders who spoke hammered on peace, unity and oneness among Okigwe leaders, they urge that political acrimony should stop henceforth.
Hon Chike Okafor, prayed for the adjustment of the meeting agenda, proposing that Ndi-Okigwe should send a delegation to thank His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma for appointing their zone, Chief Cosmas Iwu as the Secretary to the State Government and rally round their brother, Chief Iwu in solidarity. Okigwe leaders unanimously adopted his position and hailed Governor Uzodinma for finding their son worthy for appointment as Secretary to the Government of Imo State. They commended President Buhari also for appointing their son, Bar Emeka Nwajiuba as minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
For the forthcoming Okigwe Zone senatorial by-election, Okigwe leaders and stakeholders agreed to set up a committee to look into the issues and narrow down the number of aspirants who had interest for the position.
While declaring the resolutions of the leaders, after speech from Chief Cosmas Iwu, Prof Ossy Nwebo, Chief Fabian Ihekweme, Sir George Eguh, Rt Hon Acho Ihim, Engr Mark Uchendu, Hon (Mrs) Akubundu, etc, Bar Ifeanyi Agwu read that Okigwe Zone have accepted to support Governor Hope Uzodinma led administration in Imo and will pay him a Solidarity Visit. That Okigwe Zone leaders thank Governor Uzodinma for appointing their son, Chief Cosmas Iwu as Secretary to Imo State Government. That Okigwe Zone leaders will forward a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari thanking him for appointing their son, Bar Emeka Nwajiuba as Minister of State Education. That Okigwe Leaders as a group will decide who will represent them at the forthcoming Senatorial by-election.
In attendance includes, Rt Hon Chiji Collins (Speaker Imo State House of Assembly), Rt Hon Acho Ihim (Former Speaker Imo State House of Assembly), Chief Eze Okoro, Hon Partick Chibueze, Hon Chucks Chukwuemeka, Chief Sam Amadi, Prof Nnamdi Obiaraeri, Sir George Egu, Chief ZeekMathins Nnadozie, Hon Ruby Emele, Lady Love Ineh, Sir Remy Uche, Chief Chikwem Onuoha, Prof Jonas Lemchi, Bright Okereke, Hon Kingsley Dimaku, Hon Robert Ekwebelem, Hon Kennedy Ibeh, Hon Emeka Nduka, Hon Michael Crown, Hon Nick Amaefule, Hon Kodichi Anamekwe, Hon Ngozi Ogbu, Hon Frank Ejezie, Dr I. M. Anyeze, Chief Magnus Orjiako, Chief Tonyblack Nduka, Hon Mathew Omegara, among other distinguished sons and daughters of Okigwe Zone.
IfeanyiCy Njoku reports
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