A cross-section of members of Anambra Political Stakeholders Forum at a press briefing last Tuesday at Geogold Hotel, Awka. Dr Okey Umeano, middle, is the chairman of the group.
Concerned about recent political developments in the state, a non-partisan political group, Anambra Political Stakeholders Forum, has vowed to produce who remains or becomes the next occupant of Government House.
Addressing newsmen ahead of the November 18 guber poll in Anambra State, the group made up of largely past and present politicians in the state led by Dr Okey Umeano, vowed to torpedo the influence of moneybag aspirants in order to create the perfect template for the development of the state.
The group which insisted that it was neither partisan nor aggrieved, decried the role of those it called moneybag politicians who hijacked the politics of the state and promised to checkmate their activities by facilitating the emergence of a credible candidate.
'We are concerned with happenings in our state today and we know those causing them; that is why we will decide on the best candidate and those who should not be trusted,' Umeano stated on behalf of the group.
He said that even though the group had no problem with the issue of zoning, what however mattered to it was good governance.
On the trending issue of the quit notice issued to Igbos in the Northern part of the country, the stakeholders called on Nigerians to co-exist peacefully and avoid bloodshed, even as it called on the Southeast governors to take charge of the situation which they described as unfortunate.
The group which explained that its vision for the state was an integrated, well developed and prosperous state, said it would draw from the experience of its members to provide a forum for public discourse, assessments and decisions on the economic, social and political development of the state.
The aims and objectives of the group include the uplift of the state's image; fostering of the socio-economic and political integration of the state; enlightenment of the people on the values of good citizenship, hard work, unity, love and tolerance; enthronement of a responsive and responsible government; collaboration with persons, groups and organizations within and outside the state with similar objectives to facilitate the realization of the state's vision; and assisting credible individuals with political ambition across political parties.
The leading members of the group include the chairman, Hon Okey Umeano; Chief Patrick Agu; Sir Mike Anaedu; Dr Fred Oduah; Hon C.C. Okeke; Dr Obi Anayo; Dr Patrick Nwangwu; Chief Nnamdi Mekoh and Dr Harry Okongwu.