Titled chiefs disagree with Abia elders over gov crisis

some community leaders, titled chiefs
and village heads in Abia State on
Wednesday backed Dr. Uche Ogah in
the dispute over the governorship
position in the state.
A group of prominent politicians from
the state, known as the Concerned
Elders Forum of Abia State, led by a
former Senate President, Chief
Adolphus Wabara, and Chief Onyema
Ugochukwu, had, after a meeting in
Abuja on Monday, declared their
support for Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
The Abia Concerned Elders Forum
faulted the judgement of an Abuja
Federal High Court, presided by
Justice Okon Abang, which sacked
Ikpeazu from office.
The meeting of the Concerned Elders
Forum, which held in Abuja, was
reportedly attended by serving senators
from the state, including former
governor Theodore Orji, (Abia Central,)
Mao Ohuabunwa, (Abia North) and
Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South).
Others at the meeting included
Wabara, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor,
Empire Kanu, Ugochukwu, HRH Eze
Ngozi Nwoko, Prof. S. O. Igwe, Uzoma
Nkem Abonta, Prof. Herbert O. Orji,
HRH Eze J. O. Akaliro, HRH Eze Dr.
Eberechi Dick; and HRH Eze P. M.
Okponku, among others.
But the crisis has taken a new turn as
another group, comprising community
leaders, village heads and titled chiefs,
has endorsed Ogah.
The new group disowned the Abia
Concerned Elders, saying they could
not speak for Abians.
The community leaders and titled
chiefs from different towns in the state
backed Ogah at a meeting at Ogah’s
Campaign Office in Umuahia.
A communique issued at the end of
the meeting said the masses of Abia
State “are yearning” for Ogah, contrary
to the impression given by the
Concerned Elders Forum.
The nine-point com-munique, which
was read by the Traditional Prime
Minister of Ibeku Kingdom, Chief Uche
Akwukwuegbu, urged members of the
public to disregard the position of the
Concerned Elders Forum.
The community leaders described the
elders as “those who have contributed
in no small measure to the collapse
and stunted growth of Abia State.”

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