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OLU N'ADAGBE: A TRUE CHAMPION OF JUSTICE AND EQUITY IN ANAMBRA STATE


 

By: Shedrack  Anakwue 

It is an undeniable truth that most countries in the world which are today enjoying peace, stability and progress are those that place very high premium on the golden rules of justice, equity, fairness and good conscience. In such nations as we have in several democracies especially in the Western World or developed countries, the citizenry are generally happy hence their abilities to maximally channel their creative energies to the socioeconomic well being of their nations.

This explains why countries like the United States of America, Japan, Germany, France and Britain among others hardly experience severe restiveness among their peoples. This is due to the fact that they practice genuine democracy in which the electorate are the true deciders of their representative in both the executive and legislative arms of government. In these societies governments and the governed respect the constitution and rule of law without hesitation.

Sadly, this is not the case in most Third World countries, particularly in Sub Sahara Africa, a geographical region that includes our dear country, Nigeria. It is an open secret that the practice of the principles of justice, equity, fairness and good conscience are obviously done in their breaches in our country. Little wonder that after more than a century of the Amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates of the Niger Area as a sovereignty entity by Britain, Nigeria has continued to be bedevilled by mutual mistrust, tension and strident agitations for either the restructuring of the country's political system, referendum or outright separation.

In order to ameliorate the situation, several efforts had been made since the country's independence in 1960, to formulate and amend the constitution, in addition to the convening of constitutional or national conferences. Despite these moves Nigeria is yet to arrive or agree on a formula to guarantee justice and equity for majority of its numerous macro and micro ethnic nationalities and units. It is apparently in the quest for this that a socio-cultural pressure group known as OLU N'ADAGBE was launched in Anambra state on the 14th of July 2012, at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka. Some of the original conveners of the group included but not limited to Igwe Rowland Odegbo of Nteje, Chief Paul Odenigbo, Dr. Tim Menekaya, Igwe Christopher Nnaegbuna of Ebenebe, Igwe Ralph Ekpe of Enugwu-ukwu, Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo of Nawfia, Igwe Emeka Ilouno of Ifitedunu, Elder Chris Eluemuno, Ikechukwu Ochie, Shedrack Anakwue, Egbuna Amuta and Tony Ifeanya, among others.

The establishment of OLU N'ADAGBE was actually inspired by the need for the office of the governor of Anambra to be zoned and rotated religiously among the three senatorial districts of the state for a true sense of belonging amongst their various people. At the time of the official inauguration of the socio-cultural organization, no person from Anambra North had occupied the exalted office of the governor of the state, unlike the South and Central Districts. And that was twenty three years after the state was created on August 27, 1991.

That notwithstanding, the agitation of the OLU N'ADAGBE group was in tandem with the policy of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. The party in agreement with Anambra North stakeholders largely made up of leaders of OLU N'ADAGBE in 2009, signed an Accord at Nteje, to the effect that former Governor Peter Obi would be succeeded in 2014 by a governor of Anambra North extraction. Consequently, Chief Willie Obiano was nominated by APGA as its gubernatorial standard bearer in the November 16, 2013 poll. He won the election and served his first tenure as the governor of the state from March 17, 2014. 

Following his superlative performance beyond the expectations of Ndi Anambra, Obiano was re-elected overwhelmingly on November 18, 2017 for his second term which commenced on the 17th of March this year.

Be that as it may, it is the strong position of OLU N'ADAGBE that the principles of justice and equity through zoning and rotation of the office of the governor of the state should be strictly maintained. By the last quarter of 2021, when another gubernatorial election would be due in the state, the North Senatorial District through Governor Obiano would have occupied the Government House, Awka for about eight years.

In compliance with the truism of the saying that "one good turn deserves another" the OLU N'ADAGBE would without hesitation support another senatorial district to produce the next governor of the state after Governor Obiano's second tenure in 2022. OLU N'ADAGBE, made up of the people of Ayamelum, Anambra East and West, Ogbaru, Onitsha North and South as well as Awka North and Dunukofia local government areas, in addition to some communities in Njikoka and Anaocha local government areas, is undoubtedly a formidable political bloc in Anambra state.

Like other communities in the state, OLU N'ADAGBE people of the eleven aforementioned local government areas which traverse the entire North and some parts Central Senatorial Districts are also tremendously benefiting from the good governance and impressive deliver of democracy dividends by the Obiano administration. They are therefore of the strong belief and conviction that another senatorial district would at the appropriate time provide the state with another governor who would, without discrimination develop all parts of the state and continue to justify Anambra's sobriquet as THE LIGHT OF THE NATION#

 

SHEDRACK ANAKWUE, a Public Affairs Analyst writes from Amanuke, Anambra state.

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