Traditional rulers in Abia State have advised governorship aspirants from the Abia South senatorial district to agree among themselves who should run for the office of the state governor in 2015.
Speaking while addressing the aspirants, Eze Eberechi Dick, appealed to the aspirants to eschew bitterness and place the interest of the state above their individual interest.
The monarch stressed that everything must be done to ensure the actualisation of Abia State governor of Ukwa Ngwa extraction in 2015 which according to him, is part of the legacies the state governor, Chief T. A Orji, is poised to leave behind.
He said: "We are not just your traditional rulers, but your fathers. It is our duty to call all of you as our children to speak to you. We must do everything to ensure that an Ngwa man become governor of Abia in 2015.
Our governor, Chief T. A Orji, loves Ngwa people and he has continuously said he would handover to an Ngwa man in 2015, it is part of the legacies projects he wants to leave behind, and we will held him actualize it.
"All of you will not be governor at the same time. Only one of the you will be governor, therefore, we will appeal to all of you to be ready to accept any of you that the state will present at the end of the day. We don't want you to be fighting yourselves, calling yourselves names. Don't sell your brother to an outside because you want to be governor. Even though al of you are aspiring to be governor, we urge you to see yourselves as one."
The aspirants had met last Friday with selected traditional rulers at the Palace of Eze Eberechi Dick, the chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state.
Among the aspirants who attended the meeting included former deputy governor of the state, Chief Acho Nwakamma, the Deputy General Manager of the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Mr. Friday Nwosu and Hon. Uche Nwankpa, while Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe was represented by Mr. Ibe Nwadioha.
At the meeting, they agreed to work together in the greater interest of the state, stressing that the 2015 governorship was not a do-or-die.
In their reactions, the aspirants who spoke one after another, said whoever among them emerged the consensus candidate would get the support of others.
Chief Acho Nwakamma stressed the need for them to unite to ensure that an Ngwa becomes the governor of Abia in 2015.
He said the 2015 governorship was not a do-or-die.
He reminded his colleagues that God alone give power.
He commended the traditional rulers for their intervention in making sure that they (aspirants) work in the interest of their people.
His said: "I must commend Ndi Eze (traditional rulers) for this meeting. It is necessary and important. We must unite despite the number of aspirants so far from Obingwa. It is God that makes governor. We don't need to quarrel about it. It is not a do or die affair for us. Don't sell your brother in your effort to seek support elsewhere. Don't talk about anybody, talk about yourself and what you will do."
On his part, Nwosu said: "Only God will determine who will be governor. I am ready to step down for a better person. But we must stop castigating ourselves. I will support any consensus candidate. It is not about me, but it is about Abia State and our people. We must ensure that the effort of our dear governor to handover to us in 2015 is not frustrated."
Hon. Uche Nwankpa in his response said: "Let us not castigate ourselves, Only one of us will be governor, and whoever becomes that person will get the support of all of us. And anybody that works against our consensus, we shall all work against him."
Abaribe who was represented by Mr. Ibe Nwadioha, said: "Let's have the spirit of sportsman. In politics, if you win embrace those who didn't win, but if you don't win embrace the winner."
Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, in his comment said: "I sincerely thank our fathers, (traditional rulers) for this meeting. People out there think this kind of meeting is impossible among us, but today we have met, and we shall continue to meet. I commend the traditional rulers for their effort to ensure that we are united. We must be united to be governor. I can't be governor without the support of every Abian, and none of us here can be governor without the support of the three senatorial zones in the state.
"Let me also say that being a governor is a call to service. It is not about me, but the people. If you volunteer yourself to serve and your people say wait let your brother go, it should not call for fight about us. We must take advantage of the support of our governor, who has insisted that he will handover power to Ukwa Ngwa in 2015 despite the pressure on him."