Organizing Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Barr. St. Moses Ogbonna, has said that the inability of the governorship aspirants from Ukwa/Ngwa bloc to work together, accounts for why the area could not produce a governor of the state before 2015.
Ogbonna who stated this while reacting to reports credited to a political leader in the area, Max Nduaguibe, that ‘counterfeit power’ was handed to Ukwa/Ngwa, and insisted that the people of the area will continue to be grateful to Senator Theodore Orji, for his support for power shift.
Ogbonna claimed that in 1999, he in company of other leaders from the area, during the defunct All Peoples Party, (APP) governorship primaries, begged Dr. Max Nduaguibe, Sen. Nkechi Nwaogu and Dr. Gershon Amuta to step down for one aspirant from Ukwa/Ngwa to emerge as candidate of the party but none agreed and lost to Vincent Ogbulafor, stressing that this accounts for why Ukwa/Ngwa people have not emerged governor until 2015.
He insisted that power shift to the Ukwa/Ngwa area would not have been actualized in 2015 without the support of ex Gov. Theodore Orji, and advised some political leaders from the area to stop trading blames.
“I have gone through the piece written by Dr. Max Nduaguibe on how Ukwa/Ngwa people were given ‘counterfeit power’. With due respect, I totally disagree with him that power is not given but grabbed. It is this very erroneous notion that kept Ukwa Ngwa on a prolonged political servitude. We had over the years followed leaders who did not know that in power shift, just like a relay race, you must bend down and loyally serve the holder before you can succeed..
“We have elders like Nduaguibe, strong and brilliant who by every standard gave hope to the struggle for the total emancipation of the Ukwa Ngwa but dashed the hope om their inability to cooperate and respect leadership. Without the dogged support of former governor, Theodore Orji; it would have been difficult for the Ukwa/Ngwa man to become governor in 2015.
“Before now, Ukwa Ngwa course suffered under the sentiment that the Ukwa Ngwa man is rejected not knowing that the cause of our failure is as a result of stubborn pride and disloyalty of our so called leaders. Let Max Nduaguibe study the case of former Premier of defunct Eastern Region, Michael Okpara and Akanu Ibiam they all passed through some political tutelage.”-