One of the surviving founding fathers of Abia State, and the Chairman of Abia State Advisory Council, Ezeogo Anagha Ezikpe, has advised politicians in the state to respect Abia Charter of Equity.
The elder statesman gave the advice while speaking during the 27th anniversary of the state’s creation held Monday at the International Conference Centre Umuahia.
Ezeikpe said the document would guarantee peace and stability in the state.
He noted that the founding fathers of the state in their wisdom agreed to enshrine in the Abia Charter of Equity, power rotation among the major political blocs in the state to ensure peace and stability.
Ezeikpe, who said he was the Secretary of the stakeholders forum that agreed on the charter, added that it was their agreement also that the state House of Assembly would finally legislate on the document and pass it into law.
He expressed delight that in the spirit of the charter of equity, political power had rotated round all three senatorial districts in the state with Abia North taking the first shot from 1999 to 2007, with former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu; followed by Abia Central 2007 to 2015, with Senator Theodore Orji; and Abia South where it currently resides since 2015 with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
He added: “I therefore, appeal to politicians to allow Abia South complete its own turn of second term already enjoyed by other zones in the spirit of Abia Charter of Equality.
“Any attempt to truncate the power rotation arrangement could create ill feelings and ultimately affect the prevailing peace in Abia polity.”
The Abia Advisory Council helmsman urged all political parties in the state to respect the zoning arrangement which he said had eliminated mutual suspicion among the zones.
Speaking at the event, Governor Ikpeazu paid glowing tribute to the founding fathers of the state for their resilience and spirited efforts that culminated into the creation of the state.
He noted with delight that Abia State had made some significant progress since its creation by the successive administrations in the state.
Ikpeazu promised to consolidate on the various gains recorded by his predecessors to take Abia to greater heights.
Governor Ikpeazu said that he had continued to enjoy the support of major stakeholders as well as the masses from all zones ever since he came on board.