As the build up to the 2023 Guber elections heighten in Abia State with individuals from the three Senatorial zones, position and strategize to outwit themselves in the political game, the Abia Founding Fathers have made a strong case for Isiukwuato District to produce the next Governor of the state.
The Founding Fathers made their position known in a Communique issued at the end of their meeting and signed by its Chairman O. J. Onyike and Secretary, Engr. Prof A. N. N Nzeako.
They noted that the Abia Charter of Equity stipulates rotation of the governorship position between the Districts/Senatorial zones, pointing out that the Isiukwuato District which has been sidetracked in the process thus distorting the laid down rotation order in the Charter of Equity.
Part of the Communique reads: “Isuikwuato District was a runner up to Bende District in all the ramifications of eleven (11) years of Abia State Movement activities. By 2023 Isuikwuato District would have waited for 24 years and therefore deserves its rights of place in Abia State.
“Unknown to many Abians and others, the name ABIA was coined from the first letters of the major four former Districts/Senatorial Zones that constituted the present Abia State, namely: A for Afikpo in Umuahia Senatorial Zone — Afikpo, Arochukwu/Ohiafia, Bende, |kwuano/Umuahia; B for Old Bende District; I for Isuikwuato District; and A for Aba Senatorial Zone comprising Aba, Isiala Ngwa, Obioma Ngwa and Ukwa”.
According to the Charter of Equity, the three groups, Umuahia Senatorial Zone, Abia Senatorial Zone and Isuikwuato District, subscribed to the Charter of Equity and jointly, in the spirit of equanimity, submitted a Request and Memorandum of Understanding to the National Assembly for creation of Abia State from Old Imo State. They accepted the equity and equality of all the Senatorial Zones and Isuikwuato District. Thus, according to the Charter of Equity, the Governorship that is rotatory, should have gone from the now Abia North Senatorial Zone to Abia Central Senatorial Zone and then to Isuikwuato District (which did not happen) before Abia South Senatorial Zone.
“The deaths of Rt. Hon. M. I. Okpara, and Senator Jaja Wachukwu culminated in a political eclipse of “Ihie” Abia. The latter day political gladiators “bu ndi amaghi ebe eliri ozu, si n’ukwu n’abo ya”, have left the State in a worrisome squalor in the 21% century. It is rather unfortunate that the governors did not follow any stipulated order of rotation, thereby rubbishing the guidelines of the Charter of Equity and the good intentions of the Abia State Founding Fathers (ASFF).
“That no eyebrows were raised by anybody or group of people, like the good people of Isuikwuato, who were sidetracked in the process, about the distortion of this laid down rotation order in the Charter of Equity, did not mean that the anomaly was not noticed by anybody, particularly the ASFF. It did not tantamount to the setting aside of the fundamental guidelines and principles of the Charter of Equity on good governance of Abia State. It is far from any of the above.”
The Communique stated that the Charter of Equity is intended, among other objectives, to alley the fear of domination of one Senatorial Zone/District over the other, or of any form of marginalization in the governance of the state. It therefore becomes absolutely necessary to caution that no political exigency or partisanship should ever be allowed to enact any of the above dreaded fears, thereby jettisoning the enviable adorable name of Abia State as “God’s Own State”.
It further stated that the Abia State Founding Fathers prayed that justice, equity and fair play would prevail in Abia State during 2023 general elections, whereby the next Governor of the state will be produced by the Isuikwuato District, adding that it behooves all political parties in Abia State to field their Governorship candidates from Isuikwuato District as deserved.