. .As Traditional Rulers Stage Walk out over Constitutional Role
Abia state deputy governor, Col Emeka Ananaba (rtd) has charged the people of the people of the Ukwa/ Ngwa zone of the zone to unite for the 2015 governorship election or lose it.
Ananaba who spoke on Saturday at Binez hotel, venue of the Public hearing on the Constitution amendment for the People of Obingwa/ Osisioma/ Ugwunagbor federal constituency, called on political leaders to always act in the interest of the zone.
“Ukwa/ Ngwa people should learn to speak and act with one voice. The interest of the zone must be paramount in whatever we do. The race for 2015 starts now, if we do not put our house in order, we will lose it to others,” he said.
He commended the ongoing efforts to review the constitution and urged the people to express their views on the issues to be deliberated on.
Ananaba who hails from Obegu community in Ugwunagbor local council lauded the efforts of the member representing the constituency, Hon. Eziuche Ubani for putting the name of the constituency on the front burner and the establishment of an FM radio station in the area, adding that it would create employment as well as serve as a voice for the people of the zone.
On the controversy which arose as a result of the position of the people that there should be no role for traditional rulers in the constitution, the deputy governor charged the royal fathers to accept the verdict of the people, stressing that since the people who elected them said ‘NO’, they should abide by the decision.
The royal fathers led by the Second Deputy Chairman of the state Council of Traditional rulers, HRM Eze Eberechi Dick, the Chairman, Obingwa council of traditional rulers, HRM Eze Friday Ikpeazu and his Ugwunagbor counterpart, HRM Eze Harry Ugwuala, made to leave the hall protesting the verdict insisting that a role should be assigned to them in the proposed constitution, but they were held back by appeals from former Deputy governor, Chief Eric Acho Nwakanma who chaired the event and other dignitaries who insisted that it would be wrong for them to stage a walk out in the presence of Ananaba.
Good one from the old war horse.