The Imo State governorship candidates from the Owerri Zone Senatorial District have urged Governor Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress jettison the idea of seeking a second term in office.
According to them, it was undemocratic for Uzodimma to still be seeking re-election when his Orlu Senatorial District had ruled the state for 20 years out of the 24 years since the return of democracy in 1999.
They stated this ahead of the November 11 governorship election in the state.
The candidates behind the call included Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Ejiogu of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Kemdi Opara of the Young Progressives Congress and Kachi Nwoga of the Action Democratic Party.
Their call was endorsed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ahamba; former Speakers of the state House of Assembly Nnaemeka Maduagwu and the chaiman and secretary of the anniversary, Julius Onyenucheya and Martin Opara, respectively.
The resolution read in part, “That the generality of the people of Owerri zone further adopt all the positions of the maiden Egbu Declaration against injustice in the Imo sociopolitical landscape, which has seen Owerri zone and her people meted with the worst injustice, and call on our people not to accept the current attempt to confine our zone to political dustbin in the Imo project.
“We deeply regret that successive political actors have continued to truncate this brotherly accord which recognised the tripod arrangement of Imo State and laid a foundation for power to rotate between the three sister senatorial zones of Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe, in the interest of peace, equity and fairness.”