The Greater Awgu Traditional Rulers Council, comprising Aninri, Awgu and Oji River has said, to ensure justice, equity and fairness, Aninri local government should be allowed to take a shot at the federal House of Representatives position in the 2023 election.
They stated this on Friday at a meeting of traditional rulers drawn from the three local government areas that made up the federal constituency.
In attendance were; Chairman, Aninri Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Daniel Njoku, Chairman, Awgu Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Cyprian Nevobasi and Igwe Mike Mberedeogu, Chairman, Oji River Traditional Rulers Council and other executive members of the Greater Awgu Traditional Rulers Council.
The traditional rulers disclosed that since the dawn of democracy in Nigeria, Aninri has not produced a member of the Federal House of Representatives whereas other local government areas in the constituency have each represented the constituency for 16 years.
The traditional rulers who conveyed their position through the traditional ruler of Mmaku Kingdom and Chairman, Awgu Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Cyprian Nevobasi maintained that if Awgu is not retaining the position, the position should automatically be zoned to Aninri local government as it has never vied for the position of member, Federal House of Representatives.
They said they will convey their decision to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi adding that will whatever decision taken by the Governor as it concerns who to represent the constituency from Aninri Local Government Area.
They commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for the enduring peace he has entrenched in the state and other development strides recorded during his two term tenure as Governor of the state.