Anambra, Ebonyi at loggerheads over change of street name

Anambra, Ebonyi at loggerheads over change of street name


The change of ‘Abakiliki Street’ to ‘Club Street’ by Governor Willie Obiano has brought an inter-state misunderstanding between Anambra and Ebonyi state.

A conflict condemned by many Igbo, especially now they need their unity for the forthcoming 2019 general election.

Among those who criticized this was Evang Chinedu Obigwe, National Coordinator APGA Media Warriors Forum.  In his reaction, Obigwe said that the Ebonyi state Governor, Dave Umahi, does not have the constitutional right to dictate what a governor should do in his state.

Recall that Obiano had said that prostitution, clubbing and other social vices in the street informed him to change the street to ‘Club Street’.

“I did not change the name of the Street to hurt my brothers and sisters in Ebonyi. I did it because I respect them. I gave the Street a name that befits it ‘The Club Street”, Gov Obiano had said.

Speaking on the matter, Obigwe advised Gov Umahi to channel his strength in the development of his state and forget any reason insincerely made by his people to cause misunderstanding between the two states.

He equally faulted the Ebonyi State House of Assembly members for giving Anambra State government 7 days ultimatum to revert the name or face retaliation.

“They don’t have the right to issue a 7 days ultimatum, because Obiano has a right to do what he thought wise for his state.

“But I think they are doing this because they want to score cheap political point against APGA ahead of the forthcoming 2019 general election.

“Sincerely speaking, it will surprise them that Igbo will vote overwhelmingly for APGA candidates in Southeast, especially in Ebonyi and Imo States

“No amount of politically motivated smear campaign against Obiano and APGA by anybody will stop the manifestation of APGA victory in the forthcoming 2019 general election.

“This is an irrelevant issue that was not supposed to escalate or even cause diplomatic problem. See, Obiano is too busy with better governance issues, than this change of name”, he finally said.

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