Aspirants for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State have stormed Nnewi in Anambra South to show their political weight.
The aspirants, who met under the umbrella of Anambra Union, canvassed the emergence of a candidate who is versatile for the office.
This came as the Anambra Union supported Anambra North Senatorial Zone to produce the next governor of the state.
The forum was organised by the Anambra Union under the chairmanship of the former Minister of Health, Prof ABC Nwosu and the Secretary, Obum Ohaegbu.
The Anambra Union added that justice and equity demand that Anambra North Senatorial Zone should produce the next governor of the state for the next four years.
Among the aspirants at the event are Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, Mr. Obaze Oseloka, Dr. Chukwuka Chukwura, and two others.
The meeting was held at the former minister’s Otolo Nnewi residence.
The group said that after Anambra North zone, it would be the turn of Anambra South, which according to the group, is “only fair, just and right.”
The Anambra Union further canvased that the next governor of the state should also come from either the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or the All Progressives Congress (APC) because they are the only national political parties in the state.
According to the forum, Anambra cannot afford to continue on its costly path of self-inflicted isolation from the Federal Government by belonging to an enclave political party, noting that the Yoruba have long abandoned the awkward arrangement to be part of the government at the centre.
Nwosu said: “I don’t see why we should be projecting a party a political party that is not found in any other South East state as our own, because certain elements are profiting from it. We should emulate those that have left the microscopic party and they now have the Vice President.”
Anambra Union also condemned in strong terms the high cost of electioneering in the state.
The group instead proposed an “Ohazulume Approach” where the will of the people is respected to produce the best candidate.
It insisted that Anambra cannot afford to carry on as cash-and-carry state.
Anambra Union maintained that whoever is aspiring to govern the state that has produced the likes of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu and Chinua Achebe, among other giants, must be accomplished in learning and human management.
They said the era of when illiterates and uninformed persons aspire to pilot the affairs of the state is long gone and that the idea of going to court to get injunction for first leaving school certificate is no longer good enough for Anambra
In his speech, Prince John Emeka, an aspirant on the platform of the PDP who was also a former Minister of State for Transport said that the time had come for the state to put forth her first eleven in governance.
He pointed out that if he makes it to Awka Government House, the era of seeing development only on billboards and television sets without corresponding development on the ground will no longer be acceptable.
The aspirant said that his administration would be known for holistic development of the state where human capital will not be neglected.
He however stressed the need of the people to prevail in deciding who pilot the affairs of the state, noting that a situation where people are imported into the country and given the office of the governor leaves so much to be desired.
Prince Emeka said that empowerment of women and youths of Anambra will also take his priority attention and that election would be promptly conducted for local government areas in the state because the council areas are the ones responsible for deepening and taking development to the grassroots.