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2013: Abia advisory council endorses power shift to Abia north

Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State 
Umuahia, August 22, 2019
The Abia State Advisory and Merit Award Council has formally declared its support for power shift to Abia North Senatorial District in 2013.
The Chairman of the council, Dr Anagha Ezeikpe, said this on Thursday in Umuahia during a press conference organised as part of the activities to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the creation of Abia.
Ezeikpe said that power shift was in consonance with the principle of equity and fairness as enshrined in the Abia Charter of Equity espoused by the founding fathers of the state.
He said that power rotation would help to foster peace, harmony and greater unity among the three senatorial districts in the state.
He said that since Abia North, Abia Central and Abia South had each produced a governor in an orderly sequence, it was logical that the next governor should come from Abia North in 2023.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abia North produced Sen. Orji Kalu (1999-2007), Sen. Theodore Orji, Abia Central (2007-2015) and Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia South (2015 to date).
He said that the state would have been thrown into a major political crisis, if Abia South was not allowed to produce the governor in 2015, after Abia North and South had successively taken their turns.
Ezeikpe said: “I am happy that Abia governorship has rotated. It is the duty of the people of Abia to manage this method, so that there will be no quarrel.”
The octogenarian, who is one of the few living founding fathers of Abia, called on Ikpeazu and the state House of Assembly to give legislative backing to the Abia Charter of Equity.
He expressed concern that the document had yet to metamorphose into a legislation, in spite of the persistent efforts of the council to ensure that it was passed into law.
He said: “All our demands for the House of Assembly to put it into law has not been successful.
“We hereby solemnly request the governor, the Speaker and members of the House to put the charter as amended into law.
He hoped that  the enactment of a law to back the charter would help to reduce election litigations and promote equity and fairness in the sharing of political offices.
Ezeikpe, who was flanked at the conference by other members of the Council and founding fathers of the state, expressed displeasure with the slow pace of development in Abia since its creation on August 27, 1991.
He, therefore called for improvement in infrastructural development to fast track development.
The Council called for due diligence in the process of infrastructure development to ensure sustainable growth and development in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other elder statesmen at the media briefing included Eze John Akaniro, Prof. Sunday Nwankwo, Macaulay Nwankwo, Chikezie Wachukwu and the Secretary to the group, Mr Isaac Nwachukwu.

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