Ohaneze Anambra Chapter president, Damian Okeke Ogene, 1st left, addressing stakeholders of the Old Aguata Union, OAU.
The Anambra State chapter President of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene, last Sunday at his Nanka, in Orumba North Local Government Area country home, hosted Old Aguata Union Leaders of Thought, stakeholders, including Chief Christian Uba.
Speaking before his guests, Ogene paid glowing tribute to Uba, noting that Uba's political sagacity, mental alertness and experience could not be wished away as far as politics was concerned in Nigeria, even as he described Uba as the political leader of Old Aguata Union.
The Ohaneze Anambra leader said he could no longer keep quiet in the face of obvious power and leadership tussle rocking OAU as a body, hence, his resolve to host all parties involved to enable them to find a common ground, noting that the Union had deviated from the very essence it was established.
Ogene stressed the need for proper reconciliation and brotherliness, noting that it was only in an atmosphere of peace that progress and development could take place, adding that the presence of Chris Uba and other stakeholders at the meeting would bring back the much needed peace.
The BoT Chairman of Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), enjoined them to shun personal interest, avarice and work for the collective interest of all, imploring them to join hands and move the union forward.
'We are not here for politics. This is pure brotherly meeting. We are not here to cast aspersions on people or apportion blames. We are here to resolve our differences. We all are guilty, one way or the other. If I wrong you, please forgive me. I have also forgiven those who wronged me. OAU must be great again,' he said.
In his speech, Chief Chris Uba thanked Ogene for initiating the peace talks, noting that when he got his invitation he could not resist it. He said he (Uba) was encouraged by being recognized and appreciated, noting that he was out again to fight for his people.
'Election is around the corner. We will negotiate again. Desperate politicians will not fool us again. OAU has block votes and we will use it to our advantage this time around. There is no road in the entire OAU. We gained nothing from successive administrations. If you ask them, they will tell you we have the deputy governor's slot. Deputy without portfolio. We will not accept it again. Whoever that asks for our votes must come to negotiation table. It must be signed,' Uba said.
In an interview, the chairman of Orumba North Local Government Area, Hon. Emeka Aforka, described the meeting as a move in the right direction, emphasizing that he would continue to work for the development of OAU and Anambra State in general.
In their separate speeches, the former deputy governor of Anambra state, Engr. Emeka Sibeudu, and the former executive chairman of Orumba North, Hon. Okey Enekwe, decried the deplorable condition of roads in OAU, noting that they would only vote someone that would ameliorate their plights. The duo thanked Chief Ogene for agreeing to host them and promised to do their quota.
Some of the stakeholders who attended the peace meeting included former Anambra State Commissioner for Environment, Chief Evarist Uba; Hon. Levi Afusi, erstwhile House of Assembly member; Pharm. Vin Okolo, fmr. Orumba North Council boss; Hon. Uchenna Ogbonna, former House of Assembly member (2011-2007); one-time Federal House of Representative member, Chief Mrs. Uche Obi; Pharm. Mogbo Alphonsus (Fmr. Chairman Orumba North); APGA chieftain, Walter Chigbo (Chinyelugo Awgbu), among others.