Youths from Orlu senatorial zone under the aegis of Orlu Youths Mandate Forum (OYMF), have appealed to the Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, not to succumb to pressure from his supporters or colleagues to seek vendetta, on the opposition or indulge in an unnecessary victimization of poor civil servants, especially those who hail from Orlu.
The group rising from their meeting in Owerri last weekend said that, they were opposed to the trend of sectionalism in governance in Imo state, whereby, if an Okigwe man is on the seat of power, he tends to maltreat those from Owerri, and vice visa.
The group used the opportunity to congratulate the Governor-elect on his victory at the polls, and expressed their readiness to offer their unalloyed loyalty and co-operation to help him actualize his political agenda for the state.
The youths led by their spokesman, Mr Kachy Nwachukwu, who addressed the press on their behalf, advised the Governor-elect not to cave in to suggestions of supporters to deal mercilessly with Orlu people in government, but urged him to concentrate on recovering all looted funds by Okorocha and not keep an eye on workers, whose duty is to obey any person in power.
They averred that Ihedioha should be conscious of the fact that, by civil service rule, the worker is bound to respect the authority in power represented by the Governor who is not tolerant and ever ready to sack anybody, who is unwilling to do his bidding.
The group who said that, they are willing to integrate into the “Rebuilding Imo Agenda” of the Governor-elect, suggested that sanity be brought into the civil service, following rules and procedures with regular payment of workers and pensions. They suggested that civil and public services be streamlined, harmonized and regularized in line with the law and not by section or affinity, cleavages.
The group said that, they were impressed with Chief Ihedioha’s words that he is Governor for all Imolites and that they will continue to hold him by his words, as they are already getting jittery and worried that he may choose to victimize them.
They requested that he gives every Imolite a sense of belonging, and not to yield to pressures to victimize any section, clan or religious group.