Anambra monarchs divided over Ngige, Obiano

The choice of who becomes the next governor of Anambra State has divided traditional rulers of the 177 communities of Anambra State. The monarchs are also at daggers drawn over which senatorial district should produce the next Governor.
The monarchs from Anambra North have been on campaign round the state led by Igwe Roland Odegbo of the Nteje Community, trying to make other traditional rulers see reasons why a candidate from their zone should be voted for in the November 16 election.
But the monarchs from Anambra Central disagree with the idea, calling the campaign by their colleagues from the North unnecessary.
They insist that they have endorsed Chris Ngige, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from Anambra Central.
Currently, Ngige is the Senator representing Anambra Central and, according to the traditional rulers, it was never agreed at any point that the governorship of Anambra State will be by rotation.
However, Igwe Odegbo, Chairman of Anambra North zone, told reporters; “We have already commenced campaign to other parts of the state to make them see reasons why it is our turn and we are making progress. We do not think that there is anything wrong in our producing the next Governor from Anambra North.”
But monarchs from the Central zone disagree.
The traditional rulers numbering over 80 from various autonomous communities in the state met at the palace of Igwe Ogene of Okpuno in Awka South Local Government area to make the endorsement.
Speaking shortly after the meeting, the monarchs in a resolution stated that Ngige paid special attention to their welfare and was the first to pay them a living wage.
“We worked harmoniously with Sen. Ngige while he was Governor of Anambra State and he carried everybody along.
“He was the Governor that exposed our mind that there is money in Anambra State which was put to good use by providing basic infrastructure to the communities in Anambra State.
“We the traditional rulers are urging other traditional rulers not to forget the man who was of great assistance to us as fathers of the communities and carried us along in his infrastructural development of our rural areas.
“It is better to work with the man you know his antecedence and capacity than one that you cannot really guarantee his or her performance when he comes into office.”
In his reaction at the occasion, Ngige reassured the monarchs that Anambra State could only look forward to better days with him back in the saddle and highlighted his 12-point agenda if voted in as Governor.
Similarly, the Ngige Campaign Organisation has called on the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Willie Obiano, to stop copying wholesale the electoral manifesto of its principal, Ngige.
The organisation said this in a statement by one of Ngige’s media aides, Igboeli Arinze.
Meanwhile, leaders of Anambra North Senatorial District and Anambra North Willie Obiano Campaign Organisation, from where Obiano hails, have urged the people of the state to rally round the APGA candidate to ensure equity and fairness in the distribution of political offices in the state.
At a press briefing in Awka on Monday, the leaders led by their acting chairman, Peter Madubueze, regretted that unlike its neighbouring states, Anambra has no clear cut succession plan.
They said this was not the case in Enugu, Delta and Abia states where zoning is already working.
“We, therefore, urge our brothers and sisters from Anambra Central and Anambra South Senatorial zones to support his candidacy and vote massively for him in the election, just as we had done in the past for candidates from other zones so that together, we can enthrone equity and fairness through Chief Willie Obiano’s assumption of office of the Executive Governor come March 2014,” they said.
The leaders added that it is their considered view that the choice of Obiano “will engender peace and stability in the politics of Anambra State.”
They lamented that for 16 years Anambra North has failed to produce Governor until Governor Peter Obi intervened
They praised Obi for the singular achievement that that will their part of the state produce a Governor for the first time since 1991 when the state was created.

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