Asagba Urges Unity Amongst Anioma governorship aspirants

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As political activities heralding the 2015 general elections gather steam, the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Chike Edozien, has counseled Anioma governorship aspirants from Delta North Senatorial District to forge bonds of unity and eschew divisiveness as they jostle for the gubernatorial seat.

The Asagba, a professor of medicine, was addressing a pressure group known as Anioma Media Professionals in Asaba when he made the statement. Speaking against the backdrop of the dominant entry of contenders from Aniocha, Ika, Ndokwa, and Oshimili areas – all from Delta North of the state for the governorship race, he advised that the quest for a state governor come 2015 required the collective will of the people to succeed.

Professor Edozien noted that all the various Anioma political office seekers have much to gain if they resist politics of antagonism and acrimony. He said he was happy that majority of the aspirants had agreed to play by the rules in their consultations and reminded them that only one person would emerge to take over from the incumbent, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan .

According to the Monarch, it was the need for rancour-free emergence of a Governor of Anioma extraction in 2015 that motivated elders of the area to initiate a comprehensive screening of the aspirants across political party boundaries. He extolled the exercise as satisfactory.

Reviewing Nigeria's recent socio-economic and political developments, the Asagba described Anioma as the pride of the nation as her indigenes have made invaluable contributions to nation building. He cited such illustrious sons and daughters as Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister of the Economy; Godwin Emefiele,  Central Bank Governor; and Banker/Entrepreneur Tony Elumelu among others.

On zoning in 2015 Delta governorship elections, the traditional ruler said that although it was not enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, Delta North's bid to produce the next governor was desirable, based on equity, the demands of mutual respect and shared destiny among the ethnic nationalities that make up the state.

He commended members of the National Constitutional Conference for recommending the creation of Anioma state and urged that the process of state creation be made a reality to give the people a better stead in the Nigerian polity.

The spokesman of Anioma Media professionals, Ken Ogbechie, a distinguished journalist said it was a non-partisan pan Anioma group dedicated to propagating the norms and values of the people.


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