The youths of Ukwa land, have vehemently opposed the ongoing bid by the Ukwa La Ngwa Elders Council to retain the governorship seat for another eight years after the tenure of the incumbent Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, saying it is the turn of Ukwa people to produce the next governor.
In a Communique issued at the end of an emergency meeting, the youth officially distant themselves from the ongoing negotiation.
Read full text: “Following extant political happenings in our dear state Abia, the apex youth body unifying the hardworking and ever resilient youths of Ukwa land, has received with dismay, the proceedings and communique arising from a gathering at Isialangwa North LGA, which was purportedly said to be a meeting of Ukwa La Ngwa Elders’ Council.
“Ukwa as a geographical entity, clan and political divide in the old Aba division from time immemorial, has always been known for her age-old penchant for harmony, peaceful propensity and her very genial political proclivity towards other clans and political blocs in Abia State. It is however, on the above predilection that we wish to disassociate the very revered Ukwa clan from any communique whatsoever, which seeks the enthronement of another Ngwa Governor to replace His Excellency, Okezie Ikpeazu PhD, for yet another eight years, totalling sixteen years for the Ngwa divide.
“We wish to bring to the notice of our brothers from the Ngwa divide of the old Aba division that any penchant, orchestration, composition, arrangement and or agitation for the enthronement of an Ngwa Governor for yet another eight years, would definitely result to humiliating imbalance in the distribution of position(s) of power in Ukwa La Ngwa bloc, hence, we are not party to such arrangement.
“We also wish to remind our brothers from the Ngwa divide that as at today, the area that is known as Ukwa La Ngwa has the incumbent governor of the state and a sitting Senator. The two are of Ngwa extraction, none is from the sister divide – Ukwa.
“We had reached out to our stakeholders, elders, political leaders and all other runseem decision making organs in Ukwa land, to know if they gave their consent to such unseemingly unfair and injurious communique from our sister Ngwa divide, and we have been briefed and referred to a communique arising from a meeting of political stakeholders of Ukwa on 15th September, 2020, which has the signatures of all our major stakeholders, elders and political leaders.”
The content of the communique arising from the said meeting in a nutshell, summarized that it is the turn of Ukwa people to mount the governorship position of the state come 2023, and we so much believe that this throws more light on the stand and disposition of the Ukwa people towards the governorship position of our dear state in 2023.
Having said the above, the apex youth body unifying the hardworking youths of Ukwa, after a critical holistic survey and dispassionate analysis of the happenings, resolved and issued the following communique;
1.That as a people of distinct political bloc, we have confidence in the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu – that we appreciate his sterling leadership qualities, strides in economic and sociopolitical development of the state and do certainly hope he will impact positively on the welfare of our people, especially in the areas of road infrastructure, human capital development within the shortest possible time,
2. That we, the people of Ukwa East/Ukwa West-that is Ndoki and Asa people are unarguably a distinct Political Bloc in Abia State with a distinct histo-cultural pedigree.
3. That as a distinct political bloc, we are not in anyway, unconscious or unmindful of our enormous contributions to the economic well-being of our state,
4. That as a distinct political bloc, we, the people of Ndoki and Asa, strongly believe that governorship should be retained in old Aba Division that is Ukwa La Ngwa in 2023.
5. That as a distinct political bloc, we firmly and irrevocably advocate that like what happened in old Bende where governorship was held for sixteen consecutive years by core Bende and Umuahia group, it is the turn of Ukwa people to mount the governorship of the state come 2023.
6. That as a distinct political bloc that has been contributing more than any other political bloc in Abia State in terms of economic buoyancy, equity and peaceful co-existence, we vehemently believe that at the appropriate time when equity, fairness and good conscience would naturally demand we make our interest in 2023 known to other political blocs in the state, the blocs would have every cause to justify our governorship aspiration and support us.
7. That those who think they wear the toga of leadership from Ukwa, just to betray Ukwa interest should better have a rethink and retrace their steps or be ready to be treated as enemies of the Ukwa people and would soon be communicated to in a language they will understand.
8. That we, hereby, resolve that this meeting attended by major youth leaders of various youth organizations, local government area youth leaders, their Executive members, ward youth leaders and other statutory delegates, will continuously hold as to constantly review both political and economic developments in Abia State and that, henceforth, the collective interest of Ukwa people as a distinct political bloc shall be uppermost in every consideration of us in Abia.