Preparatory to the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State, the stakeholders in Anambra North Senatorial district of the state otherwise known as the “Omambala clan” came together recently at the Tourist Garden Hotels in Aguleri, Anambra-East Local Government Area of the state, for the purpose of supporting a credible candidate from the clan and senatorial district, party affiliation regardless.
The representatives, including a former Minister of Health during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, Dr. Tim Menakaya and Senator Emma Anosike, agreed that they would no longer play the second fiddle in the power equation in the state. The former senator was one of the 15 aspirants that contested the PDP primaries.
Anosike said their unity of purpose was borne out of the fact that the zone is eminently qualified to govern the state for the first time since its creation about 21 years ago, adding that it was not lacking in both manpower and resources to do so.
Therefore, their decision to support any credible candidate from Anambra North, he said was as a result of the understanding that at least three of the 23 political parties gunning for the election fielded candidates from the zone.
He warned against the emergence of fifth columnists whom he said had denigrated the zone’s efforts in the past to produce governor by picking up temporary appointments as coordinators for candidates from other zones, thereby undermining the realisation of the zone’s ambition.
Manakaya in trying to psych the people to support a candidate from the Zone said the zone had produced great politicians in the mould of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, in the past as well as came first in the production of many professionals in different fields of human endeavour outside being the food basket of the state.
He enjoined them to be resolute and focused and not allow themselves to be lured by a pot of porridge only to turn round and start regretting.
The former minister told the people to realise that the battle ahead is not a fratricidal war between the Aguleri and Umueri communities or that between Aguleri and Abaji in Kogi State over ownership of oil wells, but a war of wits, brain and numbers which must be won in collaboration with people of other zones and which first shot must begin with a unity of purpose at home.