Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has expressed plans to make sure the next governor of the state emerges from the Owerri zone of the state, to succeed him after the end of his second tenure as the governor of the state in 2027.
Uzodimma who gave the assurance at the Owerri Zone youth and women endorsement rally held at Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu Square, New Owerri, urged the leaders in Owerri Zone to unite and forge a common front to enable them to succeed him in 2027 when he would have served out his second term in office.
The governor reiterated his determination to hand over to Owerri Zone based on the Imo Charter of Equity and the overwhelming support his administration received from the zone for his re-election.
He recalled that the Imo Charter of Equity is for unity, peace and fairness to all the zones, saying that he will use his office and political networks to implement it.
Uzodinma further urged the zone to unite for peace, to attract local and foreign direct investments to the area, noting that “unity will bring prosperity, cure poverty, provide jobs that will engage the youths and reduce violence in the zone and Imo State in general.”
He also called on the youths to shun violence, vandalism destruction “because such behaviour will not bring anything good, rather it will bring destruction and stigmatisation to them.”
He appealed to Owerri Zone leaders, youths and women to advise those who are sponsoring violence in Imo State to stop and allow peace to reign.
“The youths should shun violence and those engaged in it because they are not our friends,” he said and pledged to continue to uphold the Nigerian project “because Nigeria is our heritage and Imo State will not abandon her heritage.”
He however pleaded with everyone to unite to reap the gains of a bigger Nigeria.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, Dr Macdonald Ebere, said that the “governor has done well in all sectors of human endeavours in the State,” adding that “all Local Governments in Owerri Zone are standing up in his support because God is already with the Governor and nobody will take it away from him.”
In his words, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Chief Henry Njoku (Haritex), told the governor that all youths and women in Owerri Zone are with him, “especially as they have a firm belief in the implementation of the Charter of Equity which will guarantee the zone the Governor of Imo State by 2027.”
In a resolution/communiqué read for Governor’s endorsement on behalf of the youths and women in Owerri zone, the member representing Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Federal Constituency, Hon. Akarachi Amadi, noted that Owerri zone has faith in democracy and unequivocally in support of the re-election bid of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
The highlight of the rally was the presentation of the award to the Uzodimma and wife, Barr. (Mrs.) Chioma Uzodimma.