Eze Ohanwe charges elected political leaders on the rebirth of Okigwe
From Everest Ezihe , Owerri
Impressed with the caliber of personalities elected to represent Okigwe senatorial zone in the next political dispensation, HRH Eze Oliver Ohanwe has charged them to pursue with passion the birth of a new Okigwe that is anchored on accelerated infrastructural development, transformation, human capacity building, unity of purpose, equity, fairness and natural justice.
Eze Ohanwe who is the traditional ruler of Ihim ancient kingdom in Isiala Mbano council area of Imo State disclosed this on Wednesday in his Wisdom Palace while addressing news men, in his capacity as the Chairman, Okigwe Elders Global Forum, OKEGF on the area’s great expectations from the recently elected politicians.
He advised those that won the elections
to extend hands of fellowship to their opponents noting that the election is not for a winner to take its all while asking those who lost not to think of the lost but to accept the election outcome in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
According to the Chairman, “the time to come together and build new Okigwe Senatorial area is now. Both the winners and losers should join hands by coming together with their developmental agendas for implementations and in the overall benefits of Okigwe and her populace”.
Ohanwe who insisted that the position of the Forum at all time dwells on fairness, equity and justice even as he equally canvassed the need for enthronement of sustainable peace, progress and unity of purpose as the panaceas for the area’s vision and mission for brotherly love, accelerated development and transformation.
He cautioned sons and daughters of the area especially those of them living in diaspora to be mindful of making inflammatory statements that would create enemity, division, bickering, wrangling and could be detrimental to the area’s passionate efforts in getting more dividends of democracy from both the State and Federal Governments.
The revered Royal Father said it point-blank that election should not be seen like a war battle but rather a civic awareness and responsibility that will always come and go.
He reiterated that”I foresee new Okigwe which is in conformity with the mission and vision of Okigwe Elders Global Forum. For the first time in recent time, the 3 clans and political bloc’s that constituted Okigwe Senatorial Zone witnessed political equity,justice and fairness.
” The 3 traditional clans and political bloc’s are Otazu Otanchara which is Okigwe and Onuimo LGAs, Mbano clans and political bloc is made up of Isiala Mbano and Ehime Mbano whileOdonkume traditional clan and political bloc is made up of Obowo and Ihitte Uboma. The good news is that the elected representatives in the just concluded 2023 elections were favoured by each of the political blocs as envisaged and worked for by the Forum, (OKEGF). One thing that is so important is that these winners today are sons and daughter of Okigwe Senatorial district ” he assured.
The Chairman passionately advised politicians from the area to jettison desperation, unnecessary in fighting, disunity and always embrace the spirits of peace, let go, harmony, forgiveness and reconciliation reiterating that these are in fulfillment of the Forum’s overall mission and vision.
Eze Ohanwe who further enjoined the losers of last elections to as Christians and Patriots to jettison taking the electoral matters to courts and tribunals saying it’s God that gives power and that he will be addressing the issues to traditional and cultural courts in order for history and posterity to vindicate them.
He also advised those who won the elections”to open there doors and hearts. They must show love and respect to them, no matter what it takes. They must think and be compassionate to the youths, elderlies, farmers, artisans, entrepreneurs and poorest of the poor.
“They should know that the mandate they’re holding is not only to represent the rich but also the less privileged and vulnerable persons of Okigwe Senatorial Zone extractions. It’s paramount for them to know and understand that those instruments God used in electing them will be keenly watching them as their leaders with needs and great expectations. They must not live beyond expectations nor invoke their wraths” he advised.