Following the visit of a seven Ohuhu traditional rulers pledging support for power to remain in Old Aba, Division, majority of Ohuhu traditional rulers have condemned the action of seven out of the twenty seven of them led by Eze Nnamdi Ofoegbu of Umudiawa Autonomous Community.
It will be recalled that the seven-man Ohuhu traditional rulers led by the Eze was in Government House, Umuahia early this week during a courtesy visit to Governor Ikpeazu and declared that since Old Bende Division had produced Abia Governor for 16 years, it was natural that the Ukwa/Ngwa bloc or Old Aba Division be allowed to produce the next Governor in 2023 to ensure equity and balance in the state.
In a communiqué jointly signed by Eze Nzenwata Mbakwe, Eze Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna, Eze Bobby Aguocha, Eze Emezue, Eze Daniel Ukaegbu, Eze Ugochukwu Akabuike, Eze Ugwueze Iheanacho, Eze Udoka, Eze Chionye Ngwuli and Eze Victor Onuoha and issued to pressmen during an emergency meeting held at the palace of his royal majesty, Eze Nzenwata Mbakwe, the Ekwuuga 1 of Umuosi, Ndi Eze Ohuhu commended the governor for his giant strides in various sectors of the state economy and pledged to continue giving him their unalloyed support and prayers.
According to them, Ohuhu monarchs have neither discussed nor agreed on the zoning of the governorship position to any section of the state, as such, sensitive political matter is not their responsibility.
The monarchs insisted that the seven Ezes who embarked on that visit did so for their selfish interest and outside the interest of Ohuhu Council of Ndi Eze as well as the entire Ohuhu Clan.
As a result of this, the other 20 traditional rulers in Ohuhu therefore disassociated themselves from the utterances of the other seven which asked for the zoning of the governorship position for 2023 polls, using the opportunity to commend the state
governor for his stance on the matter.
According to them, Governor Ikpeazu has consistently assured that he will not allow the quest for his successor to divide the state and also vowed to ensure that the process leading to the emergency of his successor shall be devoid of primordial ethnic considerations.
This, they opined, is also their stance.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.