Anambra youths bar Ex-lawmaker from public functions

warn Ngige over inflammatory speeches

By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, Nnewi

Anambra youths under the aegis of Anambra Youth Assembly, (AYA), Anambra North senatorial zone chapter yesterday barred the former lawmaker who represented Anambra East/West federal constituency, Chief Ralph Okeke from public functions.

Speaking during a press conference held in Awka, Anambra state chapter yesterday, the President and Secretary of the youth body, Comrade Chinedu Obidigwe and Nnamdi Malive respectively said the action was to tame the ex lawmaker for unguided statements against the people of the zone.

The youths further warned the senator representing Anambra Central zone, Chris Ngige to desist from attacking the governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi, adding that the youths have never had it so good till the emergence of Governor Obi.

According to the leadership of the youth body, the recent statement credited to Chief Ralph Okeke published in the media (Not The Nation) that Anambra North senatorial zone has no capable hand to contest the next governorship election in the state was not only insulting to the entire zone but negated the quest to claim power in the coming 2014 governorship election.

Comrade Obidigwe said “we the youths declare that Hon Ralph Okeke only believes in his own personal gains and not the interests of his people, just as he is vying for deputy governor to a yet to be known candidate against the wishes of his people. It is evidently clear that he is not interested in the welfare of his people and as such, we hereby ban him from participating in stakeholders' functions from henceforth”

On the statement allegedly credited to the former governor of the state and senator representing Anambra central senatorial zone, Chris Ngige over the performance of Governor Peter Obi, the youths challenged the lawmaker to come forward and show his performance while in office.

“At the same time, we regret that during Ngige administration, the only job available to the youths was thuggry and absurd jobs. We don't want analogue names again in the race for Anambra governorship. This becomes clearer when Ngige selfishly underrated Mr. Peter Obi's monumental achievements in his publications” he said.