The leader of Turning Point Organization, a socio-political group and social crusader for justice, equity and fairness, Sir Temple Ogueri Onyeukwu has insisted that the next Governor of Imo State must come from Owerri zone or nothing.
Sir Onyeukwu stated this while addressing journalists after the organisation’s congress in Owerri on Monday. He noted that since the creation of Imo State, Okigwe zone had governed it for more than eight years through Mbakwe and Ohakim, orlu zone took the plum position for about nine years through Udenwa and Okorocha, pointing out that Owerri zone had governed it for just one year under late Evan Enwere,
Sir Onyeukwu maintained that it is fair, just and equitable for a unitedImoStatefor Owerri zone to produce the next Governor come 2015, adding that the spirit of the Imo charter of equity which stipulates that the governorship be rotated among the three senatorial zones of the state should be respected and honoured for prosperity sake.
He said, “it is just, it is fair and equitable for Owerri zone to produce the next Governor of Imo State come 2015, we shall insist on that. It is Owerri son or daughter for Imo Governor in 2015 or nothing. We shall not tolerate any breach of this agreement, betrayal or compromise. When the time comes, Owerri zone will support the right person who will be judged by his antecedents, quality and content of character. We shall not support anybody with questionable character and without transparent records.”
Speaking further, Sir Onyeukwu argued that. “The election of Owelle Rochas Okorocha almost destroyed the charter of equity but since all governorship candidates during the 2011 elections, including Gov Okorocha promised to do only one tenure and hand over to an indigene of Owerri zone. We will not accept a breach of this gentleman agreement come 2015”!!
He used the opportunity to charge President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle the apparent total collapse of security in the nation, stressing that Ibos who are landlords with flourishing businesses inNorthern Nigeriahave been turned to refugees in their own country by Boko Haram.
“It is only on paper thatNigeriais said to be indissoluble and indivisible. The practical realities on ground show that Ibos are only tolerated by other nations inNigeriawhen it is convenient for them, when not, they kill them and the government of the day will turn blind eyes in the guise of keepingNigeriaunited.
The 1966-1967 episode is repeating itself on a larger scale with the activities of Boko Haram.Nigeriamust seek equal rights and justice for all, otherwise peace will continue to elude us” he concluded.