By Abba-Eku Onyeka
All the geopolitical zones resident in AMAC/Bwari Federal constituency have decided to reserve the constituency to non indigenes.
This latest development was made known to Peoples Daily by the chairman, South East of All Progressives Congress (SEAPC) in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Hon Chinedu Obika.
Obika made the explanations during the recent endorsement of Abdulahi Adamu Candido and Hon Lawrence Onuchikwu for next area council election as chairman and vice in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
In his explanation, he said: “Today all the APC members from all the six geopolitical zones resident in Abuja have come together with one voice to endorse the executive chairman of AMAC, Hon Abdulahi Adamu Candido and his vice, Hon Lawrence Onuchikwu for second term due to their performance. This leadership in AMAC runs all inclusive government through his appointments which he does across the board. This leadership has paid attention to human capacity building by creating employment. They put tribalistic apart in their appointments, among others. They have found out that both indigenes and non indigenes need to work together in order to deliver and thatbis why we have decided to implore them to re-contest come next area council election in Abuja.”
On why they zoned AMAC/ Bwari to non indigenes, Obika said: “In AMAC, the chairman is an indigenes being deputized by an Igbo man. In Bwari Area Council (AAC), the chairman is an indigene being deputized by a Hausa man. We say since the indigenes are the chairmen in both AMAC and BAC, let the House of Representatives go to the non indigenes, as far as AMAC/Bwari is concerned, so as to have sense of belonging.
Calling on the Igbo to rally round the party and leadership in AMAC for recognizing them, the former councilor said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) denied the Igbo their rightful position in the area council. He said that statistics from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that the Igbo had the highest number of voters cards in AMAC and FCT in general, just as he urged them to come out en-marse to cast their votes come next election. Obika admitted that they were aware of the allegations that the dorms for voters cards were not only being horded by indigenes, but also being sold. This he said that they have written to the INEC to investigate. He also said that the party has waded into the allegations to ensure that nobody is denied his or her civic right to vote.
In a message, he said the Igbo had been the AMAC chairman; represented AMAC/Bwari and performed wonderfully well, just as he informed that after next election, it will be their turn to come to AMAC.