Awka - The indigenes of Anambra North Senatorial Zone under the umbrella of ‘Olu na Adagbe Peoples Assembly' on Friday restated their commitment to produce the next governor of the state in 2014 polls.
They made their resolve on Friday in Awka at a forum organised for the stakeholders by the group in Awka.
In a speech delivered at the occasion, the secretary, Olu na Adagbe Peoples' Assembly, Mr Ike Ochie, said that the area had contributed immensely to the evolution of the state and Nigeria.
“The area comprising seven council areas in the state and even beyond in Kogi, Delta and Enugu states, have contributed immensely to the evolution of Nigeria, as well as served as one of the pillars for the development of the country.
“The huge deposits of oil and gas discovered in Aguleri and the Onitsha main market which remains the main market in the sub region, among others are located in Olu na Adagbe community.
“The community has equally played great roles in the political and economic development of Nigeria and Ndigbo in general and Anambra in particular,” he stressed.
Ochie emphasised that the zone must be accorded the right position in Anambra politics.
One the way forward, Ochie said that the group had embarked on campaigns to sensitise indigenes of Anambra North to come up with credible candidates that have a track record of service to the people.
“We have worked intimately with traditional rulers, town unions and other stakeholders to achieve this objective.
“We have reached out to Olu n Adagbe communities outside the North senatorial zone to enlist their support,” he said.
The group would maintain a level playing ground for all those interested to vie as candidates in 2014.
The secretary however, regretted that since the creation of Anambra 22 years ago, no indigene of the zone had assumed the exalted position of chief executive in the state, despite their contributions in serving as the food basket of the state.
In a remark, the chairman of Olu na Adagbe Peoples' Assembly, Mr Shedrack Anakwuo commended those who have sustained its programmes till date, with cash donation and good will.
Anakwuo appealed for more assistance and urged the indigenes not to relent in their efforts until their ambition of producing the governor is achieved come 2014.
It could be recalled that the state Governor, Mr Peter Obi had severally backed the zone in their quest to produce the next governor come 2014.
Also a business mogul, Prince Arthur Eze had pledged to support any candidate from the zone for the governorship election with the sum of N2 million.