Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, immediate past Senator for Abia North Senatorial District, has lent his weight on the agitation for power shift to Abia North in 2023, contending that it will help cement unity in the state.
The former Leader ECOWAS Parliament believed that rotation of power will not only guarantee and sustain the prevailing peace in Abia polity, but also ensure mutual trust among all three Senatorial zones in the state.
Ohuabunwa declared, “We need peace in the state to enable the governor concentrate and finish well. So, my take is that the party must resolve this issue immediately as time is of essence”.
According to him, since power began with Abia North in 1999, and had gone round the three districts, it would only be proper that “power should rotate back to the zone where it first started.
Senator Ohuabunwa spoke when members of Unity Forum, a political pressure group from Abia North visited him to solicit his support for the agitation for power shift to Abia North, and to put behind him “the sad experiences of 2019.”
The former Leader House of Representatives, who is also a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), called on the political class and elders of the state to support the zoning arrangement all in place.
Senator Ohuabunwa commended all advocates of power shift to Abia North including former Gov. Theodore Orji and urged other stakeholders in the Abia project to rise to the occasion.
He accepted the plea by Unity Forum as well as Abia North youths for him to lead the campaign for power shift to Abia North in 2023, saying it is in the best interest of all.
Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation and former Commissioner for Housing, Barr James Okpara, described Senator Ohuabunwa as an indispensable missile in the political arsenal of Abia North, and assured him of the zone’s support and trust in him.
The group had also urged him to join the 2023 senatorial race, lamenting that “Abia North has been voiceless at the Senate” since his exit in 2019.
Some eminent personalities on the delegation included: former Military Administrator of Cross River State, Navy Capt. Chris Osondu; former member representing Ohafia South State constituency, Hon. Mba Ukaha; Chairman of Umunneochi Local Government Area, Chief Chris Mmadu; and former Commissioner for Lands, Chief Mrs Loveth Ofoegbu.
Others were former member representing Bende North state constituency, Chief Princewill Onyegbu; former Chairman, PDP Abia State, Dr . Ndidi Okereke; PDP Zonal Vice Chairman, Abia North, Elder Amah Abraham; former Commissioner for Joint Projects, Chief JJ Okoro; and former Commissioner for Boundaries, Mr. Mascot Obike.
On the delegation also were former Commissioner , Civil Service Commission, Chief Onyema Agbai; former Permanent Secretary, Mrs Dim Anochie; House of Assembly aspirant for Ohafia State North Constituency, Edward Okocha; and a host of others.
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