Delegates from Owerri zone at a recent youths delegates’ conference held in Owerri, have resolved that the next governor of Imo State must come from the zone, warning that they would not vote for any gubernatorial aspirant not from Owerri zone.
The chairman of the central planning committee for the conference, Chief Martin Opara who disclosed that the conference’s theme was, “Equity in Sharing”, lamented that the zone has not produced an indigene of the zone as the governor of the state since the inception of democracy about 16 years ago.
He said that Owerri Zone had always supported and voted for governors from other zones as he insisted it was time a governor from Owerri zone emerged to “tackle the serious challenges of deplorable roads in the nine local governments in our zone”.
He alleged that youths were not put into consideration during decision-making by the leaders adding that positions for youths have been apportioned to old men and women by the leaders.
Chief Opara listed such positions as youth leaders, special advisers, personal assistants, commissioner or councilors.
He stressed that they were not supporting any political party but rather wanted a credible, accessible God-fearing well-educated and humble son or daughter of the zone as the next governor of the state who will also make Owerri zone and Imolites proud.
In his address, Hon. Samdaddy Anyanwu representing Ikeduru constituency in the Imo House of Assembly commended the youths for coming out enmass to make their case and charged them to wake up and take their rightful positions by deciding who should lead them.
But he frowned at a situation where youth leaders would sabotage their efforts by collecting money from aspirants from other zones.