By Martin Nwoko
The former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim, has commended the peace initiative made by Chief Tony Chukwu, for convening the all important Okigwe zone stakeholders and elders forum meeting, which took place last weekend.
Speaking to newsmen in Owerri, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim, disclosed that the organizer and convener of Okigwe zone stakeholders meeting, Chief Tony Chukwu, used the meeting to sue for peace among all sons and daughters of Okigwe zone, who may have interest to contest the senatorial bye-election of Okigwe zone whenever it is declared vacant by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), owing to the demise of late senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, who was recently buried.
The two time lawmaker and Speaker of the 8th House of Assembly opined that Chief Tony Chukwu has through the stakeholders meeting created a political pathway for peace and equity to thrive in the zone. He encouraged him to continue with his good works in the zone noting that a zone without leadership is a zone bound for destruction, stressing that Chief Tony Chukwu has provided that leadership in such a time when it is needed most in the zone.
The former Speaker disclosed that at the meeting, elders and stakeholders applauded the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma for appointing one of their sons, Sir Cosmos Iwu as Secretary to the State Government and as well for retaining the Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Chiji Collins, who is equally their son and other appointees,maintaining that the zone will very soon pay a courtesy visit to the Governor to thank him over his gesture to the people of the zone.
He also stated that Okigwe zone stakeholders meeting also extended their gratitude to the nation’s President Muhammadu Buhari, for appointing one of their sons as a Minister of State for Education in the person of Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba, stressing that the zone remains grateful to the President Buhari led federal government. There was also the appointment of Princess Akobundu, from the zone as Director General (DG) of New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).
The Okigwe born astute politician said that the zone at the stakeholders meeting resolved to constitute a two man panel;each from the six (6) LGAs in the zone to as a matter of urgency agree on which LGA the senatorial seat will be zoned to in order to ensure that equity and fairness were maintained in the zone.