The details of the closed-door meeting between Ohafia stakeholders, former Abia state Governor, Senator Theodore Orji and the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Engr. Chinedum Orji, have emerged.
Senator Orji had received Ohafia leaders led by Chief Lucas Eme Uche, President of Mben Political Assembly, and Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Uchendu, Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, during the weekend.
However, Chief Emele Onu, the Director of Media and Publicity, Mben Political Assembly, while disclosing the outcome of the closed-door meeting in a release on Monday, stated that the MPA President, Chief Lucas Eme Uche, while addressing the former governor, recognised the role he played in the emergence of the current governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu- PhD having invoked the Abia Charter of Equity, and appealed to the former Governor to lend his support to ensure that the slot shifts to Abia North in 2023 and by extension, Ohafia clan.
According to him, the former Abia state Governor was full of praise to the Ohafia politicians for the support they gave him as a former governor.
“Senator Orji also mentioned some Ohafia politicians who were given top political appointments in his administration, especially Umeh Kalu SAN, late Chief Ukpai Agwu, etc.
“Orji advised the Ohafia people to close ranks in order to achieve common interests, including the much sought after gubernatorial slot.
“Thereafter, Nnaoha Sunny Onyeije, Prof Kalu Iche, Chief Sunny Okoro, and Madam Ogbonne Kalu Oluah added their voices, calling on the former governor to push for a governor of Ohafia extraction, come 2023.”
“The next round of meeting was with the Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedum Orji.
The MPA President made the same appeal for support to him and in his response he reminded the delegation of the ancestral relationship between Nde Ohafia and the Ibeku community.
“The speaker advised that our advocacy should take this order: Abia North- Ohafia LGA before reducing it to Ohafia Ofur’ishi.
“The speaker used the opportunity to complain about the activity of a one-time commissioner from Ohafia and the need to call him to order.
“The MPA President reassured him that the peaceful generational coexistence that the two communities of Ohafia and Ibeku have enjoyed will not be affected by whatever personal issues that the T. A. Oji family and the former commissioner may have had. We appealed to them to find a peaceful resolution to their differences bearing in mind that Ohafia and Ibeku are one family.
“Based on this, the speaker promised to offer whatever support to help the Ohafia LGA achieve its governorship ambition.
“The meeting came to a close after a vote of thanks by Nnaoha Sunny Onyeije,” the statement said.