By Amauche Agbo and Nwogha Ndubuisi Andy, Abakaliki
Ahead of the March 11 governorship and State House of Assembly election in Ebonyi State, the people of Izhi Nnodo clan have adopted Chief Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru of All Progressives Congress, APC as their consensus candidate.
They made the adoption on Tuesday at Izzi Nnodo ancestral home Okpoku Izhi, Amegu Community in Abakaliki Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.
Recall that five Candidates from Izhi clan were contesting for the Governorship position in the different political parties including Arch. Edward Nkwegu, Labour party, (LP) Engr. Chukwuma Nwandugo, Action Alliance (AA), Engr. Andrew Andrew Sunday, Young Progressive Party (YPP), and Prophet Adol Awam New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNP).
But the clan after a due consideration choose Chief Nwifuru of APC as the most credible and qualified person for the position.
The Izhi clan which is made up of the three LGAs among Abakaliki, Izzi and Ebonyi claimed to be contesting under the platform of equity, justice and fair rotation of power in the state.
Accordingly, the power has moved from Ebonyi North being the first zone to produced civil governor in the state and currently the position is held by a man from South who insisted on the power rotation as a way entrenching peace and development of the state.
Nwifuru’s adoption witnessed the presence of Izzi traditional rulers, clergies, elders, youths and political stakeholders including the member representing Abakaliki/Izzi Federal Constituency Dr Sylvester Ogbaga and the former Senator of Ebonyi North Zone Senator Silvanus Nguji Ngele among others.
Meanwhile, the APC Gubernatorial candidate later received blessings from royal fathers, clergies and Oha-Izzi.
In his reaction, the APC Gubernatorial candidate Chief Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru commended the people of Izzi Nnodo Ekumenyi clan for the love they bestowed on him, promising not to disappoint them if voted into power while calling on all and sundry to support him as his win is the win of the entire Izhi and Ebonyi people at large.