As various clans in Etche
Local Government Area strategise and clamour for political positions in the forthcoming election, the people of Mba Clan say the allocation of the position of Etche/Omuma House of Representatives to the area is not negotiable.
The clan made this position known during a consultative conference held last Saturday in Etche.
One of the political gladiators in the area, Barr Ike Nwemem, in his address titled “the Position of Mba Clan In The Scheme of Things In Etche Today,” regretted that the clan which is made up of six highly populated communities and has always turned in the highest number of votes to the ruling party at every elections in Etche was still warming the back bench of political recognition, growth and development in this 21st century.
H noted that Mba Clan had not been considered for commissionership appointment, Special Advisers, Chairmen or membership of numerous boards or parastatals, stressing that even when other clans in Etche had tasted the position of the House of Representatives with a particular clan occupying it for three times, Mba Clan had never occupied the seat.
Barrister Nwemen therefore called for a restoration of the zoning system in the sharing of political positions to maintain peace, harmony, fairness and justice to all clans in Etche.
According to him, zoning would enable disadvantaged clans like Mba to produce capable and intelligent technocrats to represent Etche in any capacity rather than parading political misfits in public positions of trust.
Also speaking, Barr Silas Anyanwu called on the people of Etche to put the interest of the common people above material wealth, saying the huge sacrifice Mba Clan made during the creation of Etche Local Government.
The conference central working committee secretary Mr. Kinsley Obilor and another participant, Hon. Okere Jerome said the conference was aimed at addressing long neglect of Mba clan over the years and seeking political relevance for Mba people.