By NewsCritic Reporters
Former Executive Chairman of Umuahia North Local Government Area Council of Abia State, the Revd Sam Ekeledo has likened the on going agitations over which zone should succeed incumbent governor Okezie Ikpeazu as being busy chasing rats while the house is on fire.
Revd Ekeledo, who spoke against the backdrop of the Ukwa la Ngwa Elders council resolution which seeks to enthrone another Ngwa governor in 2023, on the grounds that Abia is divided into two Divisions of Old Bende and Old Aba Divisions, said that what should primarily concern Abians is to ensure that only candidates with high sense of probity and transparency are considered for elective positions in the state.
He stressed that a lot has gone wrong in the society today, such that the youths of nowadays are meant to believe that right is wrong and wrong is right, which should concern everyone. Adding that this is the time to be more focused because since the advent of the fourth republic Abia State has nothing to show for the many years of democratic governance.
Said Sam Ekeledo “whether the agitation is from Ukwa Ngwa or not…look at Abia State with many years of democracy and nothing to show for it. Please this is the time to be more focused rather than chasing rats while our state is on fire”, he notes.
Speaking further he stated that “I believe what should concern everybody no matter the side of divide you belong is the sense of probity and transparency, the sense of compassion that anybody wants to bring to the governorship because a lot of things have gone wrong”. Who bears that kind of quality that can bring it to government”?
The Ukwa la Ngwa Elders Council has stirred the hornets’ nest when it issued a communique following its meeting demanding the governorship seat in 2023 to complete 16-years in power. This demand also caught the attention of governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who warned that politicians should not overheat the polity over succession battle, saying that he is still in charge.