Anambra State Elders Council has endorsed zoning of governorship contest in the state. In a communique issued at the end of its first meeting in 2020 held at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka, the elders also zoned the 2021 contest to Anambra South.
The communique, signed by the Chairman, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, and Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwudebelu, indicates that the meeting was well attended by persons from different walks of life, including Governor Willie Obiano, Chairman of the Anambra State Elders Council, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, GCON; and Chairman of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Nnaemeka A. Achebe, CFR, Obi of Onitsha. The meeting critically reviewed events in the state over the last five years.
The Council received the briefing from Governor Obiano through a documentary on the key achievements of his administration since March, 2014. The council commended the administration’s scorecard.
The Council was comprehensively briefed on the building of Anambra International Cargo/Passenger Airport at Umueri in Anambra East Local Government Area. Members were satisfied with the pace of work, the choice of internationally reputable contractors in the construction and the 15-month deadline to deliver the airport and the business prospects of the airport. Members also expressed delight that the airport will be completed without a loan.
The meeting received a presentation from the Chairman of the Anambra State Vision 2070 Committee, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo. The Council expressed support for the strategic plan to make the state attain the status of a fully developed entity within 50 years.
The Council commended the state government’s effort to ensure that Anambra State remains one of the most secure states in the country, and in this respect applauded the work of the Anambra State Cattle Menace Committee set up by Governor Obiano since February, 2015. The Council was briefed by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police and Director of State Security on recent media reports about purported security breaches.
The Council reiterated its position on the rotation of the office of the Governor among the three senatorial zones in the state, and hence its expectation that the next Governor of the state will come from the Anambra South senatorial zone.