The people of the Omor community in the Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State have protested the ambition of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Uche Okafor, to go back to the state legislature for the third time.
They asked him to step down the ambition in the interest of fairness, equity, peace and unity in the area. The community also called on the state governor, Chukwuma Soludo, to intervene to avert a political crisis in the area.
They threatened that if the Speaker refused to step down his third term agenda; respect and abide by the zoning arrangement instituted by stakeholders in the constituency, there would be trouble in the area.
The protest followed the endorsement of the Speaker for a third term by some people of the area, early in the week. Speaking on behalf of the Omor community, at a press briefing in Awka, on Friday, Mike Ikegbunam, a lawyer, said it was the turn of the Omor community to produce the next lawmaker of the area in line with the zoning arrangement prevalent in the constituency.
He said, “It will be a breach of the agreement for the incumbent Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Uche Okafor, from Ifite Ogwari to present himself for a third term in the constituency.“When Hon. Uche Okafor contested for a second term, we allowed him because he said the former Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, wanted to make him the Speaker of the House of Assembly. But now, we can’t allow him to go for a third term as it negates our zoning formula.
Somebody from Omor should go this time around.“Since nobody from the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) is contesting the forthcoming primaries with him, I called on other contestants from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties fielding candidates in the constituency, to get prepared for replacement, come 2023 generation.”
He enjoined the stakeholders in the area to avert the impending breach of the agreement by some political actors to actualize their selfish ambition which could be detrimental to the peace being enjoyed in the constituency.