Anambra guber poll: Obi rallies support for candidate from Anambra North

Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi

The zone s yet to produce a governor.

The Anambra government on Tuesday urged the electorate and other political parties in the state to facilitate the emergence of a governor from the Anambra North Senatorial District.

Fidel Okafor, Special Adviser to the State Governor, Peter Obi, on Political Matters, made the call in Onitsha.

Mr. Okafor said that the demand for power to shift to Anambra North Senatorial District was based on equity and fairness to people of that district. For the past 22 years, the people of the Anambra North senatorial district in the old Anambra, have not produced a governor.

Mr. Okafor said that the district had been politically marginalised for a long time now, adding, “This current marginalisation is not healthy for democracy and oneness of the people of the state.”

He admonished political parties in the state to pick their candidates and flag-bearers from the northern district to establish a balance in the governance and politics of the state.

“At least the people of Anambra have been sensitised enough to know that the people of Anambra North Senatorial District are laying very serious claims to this round of governance of the state. The sensitisation had gone wide enough that there is nobody in Anambra that will deny knowledge of the fact that we are saying that the next governor should come from Anambra North,” he said.

Mr. Okafor said that the zone was working on other potential it had to achieve its quest for power shift in the state.

“The political marginalisation of the zone was against the back-drop that it has the commercial hub and two-third of the population of the entire state within the Onitsha axis, and it also has the state’s agricultural potentials via communities along the River Niger,” he said.

The governor’s aide advised that no person from the zone should play second fiddle in any political party in the state, adding that chances of the zone producing the governor “is brighter now than ever before.”

Traditional rulers in the zone had unanimously agreed not to entertain or receive any political party that failed to field a governorship candidate from the zone for the up-coming governorship election.

The traditional body had also started lobbying and sensitising their fellow monarchs from other zones to the matter in order to engender peace and oneness among Anambra people.

However, more than 30 governorship aspirants from the district in more than six political parties have emerged with their posters dotting all nook and crannies of the state.

The Anambra governorship election is expected to hold in December, while the handing over is will be on March 17, 2014.

The Anambra North Senatorial District comprises seven council areas, namely: Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayemalum, Ogbaru, Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Oyi.

(NAN)


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