A socio-cultural organisation, Unwuekumenyi United Youths Forum, at the weekend held one million-man march in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, ahead of the 2023 general election.
The group, during the march, announced its decision to back the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, as its preferred candidate.
The forum, comprising six clans- Ezza, Ikwo, Izzi, Ngbolizhia, Ezilo and Ohafia/Agba, is spread across nine local governments in Ebonyi State, namely Abakaliki, Ezza South, Ikwo, Izzi, Ishielu, Ohaukwu, Ezza North, Ebonyi and also in Onicha Local Government.
In a statement titled: “The position of Unwuekumenyi Youths on the rotation of governorship seat in Ebonyi State”, which was signed by its National President, Uche Ali-Ega, the forum said the march was in support of equity in the state.
The forum said its decision to endorse Nwifuru was reached after assessments of the governorship candidates of all the political parties.
The forum noted that having appraised the political developments in Ebonyi State from 1999 to date, it “commends the founding fathers of the state, for their forthrightness and the unwavering belief in equity, justice and fairness, especially as regards the rotation of the seat of governorship among the three senatorial zones in the state.”
It also hailed Governor David Umahi for his massive infrastructural strides in Unwuekumenyi land and for his boldness, honesty and political will in maintaining the power rotation among the three senatorial zones in the state, with the governorship position having rotated from the North, Central, South and now, back to the North zone.