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Clan throws ‘spanner’ into Abia governorship rotation order, demands slot

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An indication emerged, yesterday, that the hitherto orderly rotation of the Abia State governorship position among the three senatorial zones of Abia State would not follow that order in 2023.

This is because nine of the 17 local councils of the state, referred to as Ukwa La Ngwa, that held a meeting at Ovu Ndi Eze in Isiala Ngwa North Local Council, under the aegis of Ukwa La Ngwa Elders Council, publicly announced that their son or daughter would govern the state for another eight years from 2023.

This will be, even after the incumbent Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of their clan would have by 2023 served for two terms of eight years like his two predecessors, Senators Orji Uzor Kalu and Theodore Orji who served two terms of eight years each.

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The reason for insisting on their son/daughter succeeding Ikpeazu is to allow their clan govern the state for non-stop of 16 years or four terms as served by non-Ukwa La Ngwa Clan indigenes for combined total of 16 years.

The state governorship has been rotating democratically among the three zones of the state in this order – North, Central and now South through the persons of Orji Uzor Kalu, Theodore Orji (for North, Central) and now Okezie Ikpeazu for Abia South.

The Ukwa La Ngwa Clan now posits that the rotation should now be on the basis of the two major clans/components of the state referred to as Old Aba Division and Old Bende Division.

The Ukwa La Ngwa Clan belongs to the Old Aba Division with nine local councils while Old Bende Division comprises eight local councils.

IN another development, wife of Abia State Governor, Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu, has canvassed global action to address the increasing number of women becoming widows as a result of communal and boundary clashes, religious intolerance and terrorism, among others.

She said this during a chat, yesterday, to mark the 2021 International Widows Day, noting that the challenges confronting widows have become a universal issue and that interventions by communities, social groups and governments have not been adequate.

She stated that there is need for collaboration between government, non-governmental agencies and international groups to develop specific new pro-widow programmes.

According to the governor’s wife, “one of the reasons behind the growing poverty index worldwide is that at the death of the husbands, the women as widows, are often denied basic access to normal lives such as means of livelihood and property, while their children become neglected, and even drop out of school.”

She, therefore, urged stronger enforcement of the extant laws to protect widows from negative stigma, discrimination, violence, obnoxious widowhood practices, and dispossession of property and lauded her husband, Governor Ikezie Ikpeazu for signing the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law enacted by the Abia State House of Assembly, which provided extensive protection for widows.

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