March 2, 2024

Ndigbo sons and daughters from Abia State, under the aegis of Cleanse and Clean Abia Group, have called for an urgent security summit in the South-East to address the disconcerting killings by unknown gunmen across the region. It said, in a communique issued to journalists at the end of its meeting, that events in the last few weeks in the South-East and other regions had shown that country was at a precipice.

The Communique read, “We unanimously issue, agree and resolve to: Commiserate with families who lost their loved ones since the security crisis began in the Southeast and pray that God will grant them the fortitude and staying power to bear the irreparable loss. “Call for a security summit in the Southeast to address the lingering insecurity and loss of lives in the region.”

It further explained that the meeting was to assess political and security crisis in the Southeast and provide in-depth analysis of all the aspirants jostling for elective positions in the forthcoming general elections with a view to supporting any aspirant who can unify the people as well as propel the region, especially Abia state to an enviable height. It disclosed that having examined the qualities of governorship aspirants in Abia, the group observed that a Methodist Bishop, Most Revd Sunday Onuoha, towered above others with his wealth of experience.

The Forum said that without sounding immodest, the cleric was the most accommodating, and so, issued him a 14-day notice to publicly declare his intention. “At the expiration of the 14 days notice, if Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha has not declared his intentions to ndi Abia, we shall be left with no option than to legally compel Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha to run as Aspirant/Candidate in the 2023 Abia State Governorship election.

“Finally, we call on all political parties to provide a level playing ground for all Aspirants and to ensure a free, fair, credible and transparent primary election for all elective positions in Abia State, Southeast, and Nigeria as a whole,” the communique added.

Marvelous Ogidi

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