The National Publicity Secretary of Orluzurumee Youth Assembly (OYA), Comrade Chibuike Odunze who doubles as Director of Student Affairs of the Assembly, has said that the highly rated SOCIO cultural group that shelters all youths of Orlu zone, has not endorsed any governorship candidate, contrary to the speculation in different quarters that the group has adopted a candidate and is now mobilizing support for him.
Odunze stated this while addressing Newsman shortly after the Obibi Ochasi Political mandate summit tagged, “Candidates Know us, we know you”, which held on Saturday, January 5, 2018, at Obibi Ochasi hall. He stated that, though some desperate youths have been going about extorting money from governorship candidates of different political parties with assurance to endorse them,l.
He said, “we are mindful of the fact that the group is a socio cultural group. If any decision of such must be taken, it must be a collective one as no one man will decide for Orlu people”.
The former National Coordinator of Orluzurumee Students, maintained that those suspended in the union remain suspended until they show sufficient remorse for merchandising the group while also abandoning the constitutional provisions. He advised politicians to be careful not to ridicule themselves by identifying with such characters, who as charlatans almost brought shame to the union.
When asked if their is any resolution by the group to vote against any Orlu son contesting for the office of governor, Odunze said, “there is no such decision. We operate a constitution. We respect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, as such can’t think of that. All we intend to do is to consult our elders extensively on the way forward for Orlu zone and the state at large, before we make our stand known with the support of all the stakeholders”.
It will be recalled that the Orluzurume Youth Assembly has been emshed in leadership crisis, following the attempt by some leaders of the group to endorse some candidate for financial benefit as against the constitutional provisions, hence the majority of the executive members claimed that they had suspended their President and appointed Collins Opurozuo as acting President of the group. Though the Darlington Uzoahia’s led faction has continued to parade as executive of the group, and has long pitched tent with a governorship candidate (Name withheld)