In what appeared like a swift move for a political empowerment, the People of Owerri zone have begun a move to make sure that the outgoing governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, hands over power to the zone in 2019.
Speaking shortly after his inauguration, the president of Olu Owerri Unity Association, Chief Martin Opara, said that discussions were in advanced stages with Okigwe and Orlu zones to make sure that a Governor of Owerri zone extraction becomes a reality in the next political dispensation.
Chief Opara, stressed that morality and political consideration make it imperative that the zone which is the only zone in the state yet to produce a governor since the return of democracy in 1999 is supported by the brother zones to occupy the state governorship diadem in the next two years.
The president who understood the daunting nature of the demand, asserted that the people of the state were known for justice and fair play, adding that signs were clearer that their agitation would be given acceptable consideration this time by the people of the state
Chief Opara, informed that the newly formed sociocultural Association would work assiduously towards deepening the cultural and religious values of the people of the zone.
He averred that all the leaders of the zone would be engaged towards finding the perfect plan that would make the zone the envy of the other zones of the state.
According to him “we understand the strategic position of Owerri in Imo nay Nigeria. We are engaging all political, religious, academic, cultural leaders of the zone with the aim of finding a perfect blueprint for the development of the zone”.
Those inaugurated together with Opara to pilot the affairs of the Association include
2. Dr Charles Ugwuegbulam (Ow. West) – Nat. Vice President.
3. Barr. Sylvester Nwogu (Ow. North) – Nat. Sec.
4. Mr Chibuzor Ugochukwu(Ikeduru) – Ass. Sec.
4. Mrs. Ndidi Njoku(Aboh Mbaise)- Nat. Women Leader
5. Mrs Doris Emeana(Ow. North) – Deputy National Women Leader
6. Chief Fidel Onyeneke(Ow. West) Nat. Dir. Media/Publicity.
7. Dr Chris I. Obiukwu(Ikeduru) Dir. Research/Strategy
8. Chief Engr Samuel Egere(Ahiazu) Deputy For. Research/Strategy
9. Comr. Justine Okoro(Ahiazu) Nay. Youth Leader
10. Chief John Iwuala(Ezinihite) Dir. Contact/Mobilization
11. Comr Anyanwu C. Anyanwu(Mbaitoli) Deputy Dir. Contact/Mob.
12. Engr. Samuel Nwokeocha (Ikeduru) Fin. Sec.
13. Deacon Kevin T. Ihebom(Ow. Municipal) Treasurer
14. Julius Nnaji(Ezinihite) Dir. Security Affairs
15. Obinkwocha Clement(N/Okpala) Deputy Director Security
16. Comr Kelechi Ihueze(Ow. West) Ex Officio
17. Ike Martins Daniel(Ow. West) Deputy Dir. Media/pub.
[27/03 9:53 am] Chief Martins: 18. Nokey Ebikam(Mbaitoli) Ex Officio
19. Prince Chidi Obi(Owerri North) Ex Officio
20. Comr. Jega Okoro(Aboh Mbaise) Ex Officio
21. Hon Martin Onyeugo(Mbaitoli) Nat. Org. Sec.
22. Hon Eugene ORISAKWE(Ow. North) Ass. Org. Sec.
23. Emeruwa Uchenna (Ezinihite) Nat. Provost
24. Mr David Opara (Ow. North) Deputy Youth Leader
25. Engr Henry Uzoma- N/Okpala Coordinator
26. Okey Onyema Esq. – Mbaitoli Coordinator.
27. Mr Obinna Nwosu – Ow. West Coordinator.
28. Mr Bizmack Ekeocha – Ow. North Coordinator.
29. Surv. Chiemeka Akwarandu – Ezinihite Coordinator and
30. Chief Jonathan Anukam Owereasaalanya – Ow. Municipal Coordinator.