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2023: Power shift to Abia North panacea for peace, mutual trust – Ohuabunwa

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa, has reinforced the agitation for power shift to Abia North Senatorial District in 2023.

According to Ohuabunwa, power shift to the district will promote enduring unity, peace and mutual trust among the different sections of the state.

Ohuabunwa said this on Wednesday, when Unity Forum, a political pressure group from Abia North, visited him to solicit his support for the agitation.

He said: “Power rotation will not only guarantee and sustain the prevailing peace in Abia polity, but also ensure greater unity.

“We need peace in the state to enable Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu to concentrate and finish well.
“So, my take is that the party must resolve this issue immediately as time is of essence.”

Ohuabunwa, who represented Abia North from 2015 to 2019, argued that it was logical for power to return to the district, which took the first slot in 1999.

He said “now that power has gone round the three districts, it will only be proper that it rotates back to Abia North from where it started”.

He, therefore, charged the political class and elders of the party to support the zoning of governorship slot.

Ohuabunwa, who accepted to lead the campaign for power shift, urged other stakeholders in the Abia project to “rise to the occasion”.

He commended other protagonists of power shift to Abia North, especially Sen. Theodore Orji, a former governor of the state, saying the measure would be in the overall interest of the state.

Earlier, the Leader of the forum, James Okpara, described Ohuabunwa as an “indispensable missile in the political arsenal” of Abia north.

Okpara urged him to join the 2023 senatorial race, saying that the district would give him massive support.

He regretted that the area “has been voiceless at the Senate” since his exit in 2019.
Prominent members of the group included former Military Administator of Cross River, Navy Capt. Chris Osondu, and former state lawmakers, Mba Ukaha and Chief Princewill Onyegbu.

Others were the Chairman of Umunneochi Local Government Area, Chief Chris Nmadu, and former Commissioner for Lands, Chief Mrs Loveth Ofoegbu.

The rest were former PDP Chairman, Dr Ndidi Okereke, PDP Zonal Vice Chairman for Abia North, Chief Amah Abraham, former Commissioner for Joint Projects, Chief JJ Okoro; and former Commissioner for Boundaries, Mr Mascot Obike, amongst others.

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