Prominent Political and other leaders of thought in Owerri Senatorial District recently held what was described as the third anniversary of Owerri zone summit otherwise known as “Egbu Declaration” to review their position in the politics of Imo State with a resolve to retrieve their “stolen mandate” and used the occasion to berate an elder states man, “Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who they described as a man who should not be a spokes-man for the entire Owerri people.
As part of his address and contribution at the just concluded summit, the former secretary to the Imo State Government, Hon. Barrister Uche Onyeagocha who had cause to describe the State Governor as a sate crasher , took a swipe on Iwuanyanwu and described him as a man who has continued to work against interest of Owerri Zone.Onyeagucha was of the opinion that the elder states man should be relegated to background and stooped from speaking for the good people of Owerri zone.
Hon. Onyeagucha further claimed that senator Hope Uzodinma is not their governor and that Owerri Zone cannot recognize him as such thus challenging him to come out and contest the next governorship election in the state, adding that people of the zone will not rest on their oars until he relinquishes mandate belonging to Owerri zone.
He said that whatever transaction Chief Iwuanyanwu has with senator Hope Uzodinma is personal not on behalf of Owerri people.
Earlier in his key address at the summit, the former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Prof. Jude Njoku said that the event was aimed at re-affirming the hope,faith and resolve of the people of Owerri to demand for their legitimate mandate which was stolen and called for strict adherence to the Imo State charter of equity, which centers on equity justice and fairness.
Others who spoke at the summit include Hon Ray Emeaha, Air commodore Luke Ochulo, General Collins Ihekire, Rt. Hon. Levi Oguike, Hon. Anyadike Nwosu and Chief Nlas May Igwu as well as representatives of major socio-cultural organizations, in Owerri zone and major political parties in the state.