The Battle for Obio-Akpor: Amaechi’s Tour.

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Governor Amaechi’s first stop on his tour of Obio-Akpor was Rumomasi at St. Michael’s Primary School 1. He was almost through by the time I got there. The police presence was heavy and remarkable because the immediate past commissioner of police Joseph Mbu would have probably invested the better part of his efforts in sabotaging the event. Indeed it would have been worth a few laughs, if it was not so alarming to see the police dispersing a small crowd of hoodlums who surfaced as soon as the governor was about to depart from venue, hurling stones and water sachets into the road. Unperturbed, the governor’s convoy moved on a few blocks to Rumuobiakani, his next stop at Bishop Crowther Primary school where the atmosphere was far more convivial. Scores of youths, clearly far more supportive of the governor than the hoodlums at the first stop steadily trooped in as Amaechi took center stage. At Rumuomasi, I had spotted Chief Obed Chinda, Emma Chinda, Chris Oruge and Chikordi Dike.

The turn out at Rumuobiakani was more impressive and included Eze Sam Ejims, Eze Captain Dan Okene, Eze Samuel Arisa JP, Chief chili Woko, Chief Temple Ndamadi, Chief Nelson Okene, Chief S. A Wobo, Chief Augustine Odu, Chief Weli Ejilemele, Chief Daniel, Ogbonda Willie. Rumuodomaya and Rumuobochi communities as well as Rumuobiakani were all jointly playing host to the governor.

The visit to Woji which was revealed to be the home of the CTC council chairman Lawrence Chuku was the climax of the tour for the day. A large crowd awaited the governor there. The women groups had also turned out massively. The first item on the agenda was presentation of kola nuts to the governor by the chiefs led by Chief Tony Chukwu. Other chiefs present included Chief Emeka Ihunwo, Chief Brian Ogbonda (CDC chairman), Chief Blessing Mgba, paramount ruler of Oginigba, Eze Mgba of Rumurolu and Eze Lesley Eke, Eze oha Evo. From Woji, Governor Amaechi made two more stops on his itinerary at Elelenwo and Rumuokurushi. The tour continues tomorrow.

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