Sunday, 26 March 2017

Anambra youths ask Engr. Onunkwo to declare for governor within 21 days

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Ahead of Anambra State 18th November, 2017 gubernatorial poll, Anambra New Generation Vanguard comprising of over 21 various youth groups, has asked Engr Johnbosco Onunkwo, an oil magnet and foremost philanthropist, to declare for the position within 21 days.

ANGV, which promises to support Onunkwo financially, morally and otherwise to oust governor Willie Obiano from office, says it took the decision “After an in depth analysis of the role of the youths since inception of Anambra as it regards governance and political leadership coupled to the fact that the youths were before now seen as worthy tools in the hands of politicians to rig themselves and perpetuate in power.

“The Younger Generation of Anambrarians have resolved that this is the time for the youths to be seen as responsible stakeholders with respect to state governance. This is why we are giving backing to this young credible man whose rising profile marches with the aspiration of the youths to present not just a youth but a young man with a sound academic background, leadership skills, and philanthropist who has touched the lives of many despite earning a monthly salary.

“We believed on him because after he engaged us and other young great minds across the country on a session called Anambra Youth Summit held on February 24th 2017, our eyes opened to see our future. We discussed our future, our tomorrow and the possible ways forward. This gave us responsibility to believe, reason, and rally round to support a youth as governor come November 18, 2017.

“Young Anambrarians have decided that credible young people like him who have a defined source of livelihood should be supported to come out and expunge the notion that the youths are not equipped to take over leadership. We are not tools for thugery and violence in Anambra politics. Our parents will see reason to support us and collectively we will protect our votes to ensuring that Onunkwo becomes the next governor of Anambra state irrespective of whatever political party he chooses to realise this dream.”

The youth body disclosed this in a communiqué it issued at the end of its stakeholders meeting in Awka. However, The communiqué was jointly signed by 7 Youth organisations such as Grassroot Mobilisation for Development (GMDA), Anambra Youths for Good Governance (AYGG), Youth Agenda for Advancement of Democracy (YAAD), Anambra Youths for Sustainable Democracy (AYSD), Anambra Christian Youths (ACY), Johnbosco Onunkwo Solidarity Fans Club (TEAM JOSFAC), Anambra New Generation Vanguard (ANDV), and Anambra Young Women Initiative (AYWI), and read by Hon. Engr. Obiora Ezeudu as spokesman.

Speaking in an interview, Hon Ebele Tony Onunkwo, the Executive Director, Grassroot Mobilisation for Development (GMDA), while assuring that Onunkwo would not reject the offer, maintained that they would meet to discuss the next action if by the end of 21 days he refuses to vie for the governorship position.

Responding on behalf of Onunkwo, Mr Precious Ife Rowland, the Director of Johnbosco Onunkwo foundation, said that he would transmit their message to his boss, who according to him has empowered 5000 persons, less privileged and youths, and ever qualified academically, socially and otherwise to govern the state. 



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