Enugu Guber: Save Awgu Forum Dissociates Self From Plans To Adopt Ekweremadu
The Save Awgu Forum says it is not part of plans to adopt Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu to contest the governorship position of Enugu state in 2019.
The leader of the group, His Majesty Emperor Baywood Ibe, stated this at his Isuawa residence yesterday while briefing newsmen. He said the forum is the only umbrella body of Awgu people, and warned that anybody or group operating outside the group does not represent Awgu people.
“It has come to our notice that a certain group, called Greater Awgu Peoples’ Assembly, has endorsed Senator Ike Ekweremadu to run for the governorship of Enugu State in 2019. GAPA is not part of Save Awgu Forum neither does it represent the interest of Awgu. Its goal is to feather the nest of Ekweremadu,” he said.
He said the objective of the forum was to move Awgu to the centre stage of Enugu politics, adding that Awgu people have been neglected in the polity of the state.
“Our agitation is that our people’s voices must be heard. We want an all-inclusive government in Enugu state where justice reigns. There have never been any minister, vice chancellor, senator, and governor from Awgu extraction. We had military governors but they never governed our state. There is no federal or state government project in Awgu. Our people are marginalized. We are not carried along in making decisions that affect us. Our legislative representatives are doing hatchet jobs for their paymasters.”
He said Awgu people, under the aegis of Save Awgu Forum, have resolved to support the administration of Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, but stated that after Gov Ugwuanyi’s administration, ‘An Awgu person must become the governor of Enugu state. I don’t want to be a governor neither do I want any political position. I want equity. My people follow me because I have constructed about 9.7km road for them as well as built schools, health facilities and teach them moral values among others’.