Leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, yesterday urged the Governors in the zone to partner with the federal government to develop the region.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abakaliki by its President-General Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Deputy Secretary-General Engr. Odera Udutchay, to congratulate the Governors on their victories at the just concluded governorship elections.
He urged the new Governors to consider youths for various political positions in their administrations and
avoid recycling old politicians.
The Ohanaeze youths warned the new Governors against godfatherism which they said has affected development of the area, adding that they have set up machinery to deal with the phenomenon.
The statement read: “We want to thank Ndigbo immensely for adhering to our plea of ensuring that our performing Southeast Governors are re elected to continue the good work they started four Years ago in Abia, Ebonyi and
Enugu as there was no need to change a winning team in the Southeast.
“We Congratulate the Governors Elect, Okezie Ikpeazu, David Umahi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Emeka Ihedioha on their victories at the polls. This is a new challenge for them to collectively re position Southeast through collective collaboration, partnership and mutual understanding which should yield adequate dividends of democracy by positively partnering with federal government.
“We hope to see the revamp Enugu Coal Mine closed for 46 years now, we expect more Job opportunities in Enyimba Economic City, we expect Sam Mbakwe Airport upgraded to full International airport in Owerri and commencement of Nkalagu cement factory in full operation/ establishment of Salt factory in Uburu Ebonyi state.
“Ohanaeze Youths will reach out to other governorship candidates in, various States that contested with the Governors-elect in Southeast to mellow down and accept the peoples verdict as the wish of Almighty God. There’s no need to waste resources in Litigation to disrupt governance In Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states during the next four years.
“ We applauded Ndigbo for making it possible for equity to reign in the southeast by ensuring that in Abia, the Abia charter of equity was respected by allowing Ukwa/Ngwa axis to complete their tenure likewise in Ebonyi where the Ebonyi South was allowed to win in the person of Governor Dave Umahi. Equity also reigned supreme in Enugu
where Nsukka zone was re elected in the person of Governor Ugwuanyi and with the victory of Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha from Owerri zone especially Mbaise is heading to Dogulas house for the first term Ndi Imo got it right.
“We advice all the Governors-elect in Southeast to ensure that they partner with federal government and get the desired result for Ndigbo and ensure ongoing federal road projects are completed and the second Niger Bridge. More importantly, they should consider youths for various positions in their cabinets. The recycle of old politicians in their cabinets will be resisted and we will not tolerate further any form godfatherism in Igbo land again which is the bane of development in some states in Southeast. We have set up machinery to deal with any
perceived godfather obstructing governance in Southeast”, the youths said.