It was a gathering of timbers and calibers in the Odida Nnewichi, Nnewi residence of the General Manager of Anambra State Bureau of Public Procurement, Hon Melie Onyejepu, who played host to United Anambra Youths Assembly (UAYA) and United Anambra Women Assembly (UAWA) on Sunday.
In his speech at the occasion, Rt Hon Chinedu Obidigwe, representative of Anambra East and West in the House of Representatives who was represented at the occasion by a member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Patrick Obalum said Anambra North senatorial zone would mobilize human and material resources for Anambra South senatorial zone in the 2021 governorship election.
He said that it has become incumbent on the North to support the South in the next governorship election because of the prominent roles the South played in ensuring that power rotated to the North.
In his own comment, the Chief Host, Hon Melie Onyejepu applauded the Founder and President of UAYA and UAWA for supporting the clamour for power to rotate to the South.
Hon Onyejepu said that the South has been supportive of the North in the last eight years even as stated emphatically that the industrial town of Nnewi supported the Anambra North Senatorial zone with money.
“Nnewi people supported the North in the previous elections with money and materials, I will not like to mention the amount openly but the records are there. Nnewi does not need monetary support from the North to prosecute the governorship election. What we only need is the moral support from them.
“Nnewi Community is ready to take up the responsibility of giving Anambra State a governor everyone of us in the state would be proud of.
Whatever that is the yardstick to measure who becomes the next governor, we have people who will fit in, Nnewi has quality materials in every field of human endeavors. We have professors, economists, successful and outstanding businessmen, doctors, bankers and so on. We have the human materials to give Anambra State a quality governor who will build on the achievement of the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano.” Hon Onyejepu declared.
He also thanked Chief Willie Obiano for carrying Nnewi town along in the area of political appointments and projects.
“All the government appointees are here, it is not hearsay, the governor has put in over ten billion Naira (N10b) to tackle erosion menace in Nnewi. We cannot thank the governor enough for this gesture.” He said.
Also speaking, Chief Alphonsus Anebue (Boys and Girls) who stood in for Dr Cletus Ibeto said that after Nnewi people have worked tirelessly for other zones to produce the governor of the state, it is now time for Nnewi people to work for one of their own to take over from the incumbent governor.
He said categorically that Nnewi people are not ready to miss the unique opportunity of 2021 governorship election to have one of their own in Awka Government House.
The Chairman of Nzuko Ora Nnewi, Sir Ugochukwu Udemezue in his speech also paid glowing tribute to the governor for his developmental stride in the state especially Nnewi noting that it is not easy to positively impact the state with one hundred and seventy nine communities like Chief Obiano has done.
He said that Nnewi community will continue to give maximum support to the government of Chief Obiano who has demonstrated the fact that he has special love for Nnewi people.
“We have many quality personalities in Nnewi to take over from Chief Willie Obiano who we are sure will continue the good works and I will say with all sense of responsibility that Hon Melie Onyejepu, the GM Anambra State Bureau of Public Procurement is one of them.” Ifeneti noted.
Madam Silvia Nweke, Hon Arinze Nwosu (SA to governor on parks and markets) in their separate speeches supported the demand for Nnewi to produce the next governor of Anambra State.
Hon Nonso Okafor, the law maker representing Nnewi North in the House of Assembly, witnessed the occasion. Others wereHon Ikenna Ibezuonu, S.A to the governor on legal matters, Hon Eloka Ubajekwe Executive Assistant to the governor, Hon Amala Anazodo, former member, Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Soge Egbuna, Hon Nchedo Oboh, Chief Ucheson Mary, Barr Nnamdi Chima, and other eminent personalities.