The youths from Anambra North Senatorial District, which is Obiano’s constituency, said that they would mobilise more youths in the state to ensure that the governor does not remain in the Government House beyond 2017.
The youths, who gathered under the aegis of Omambala Indigenous Youth Foundation (OIYF), said that they decided to reject Obiano because he did not support their community when they fought against their Kogi State neighbours over the issues surrounding Orient Petroleum site at Enugu Otu Aguleri.
They also accused Obiano of failing to offer them jobs.
Speaking at their gathering in Oyi Local Government Area at the weekend, the Chairman of the Foundation, Comrade Simeon Okafor, explained that Omambala is made up of 34 communities in four local government areas in Anambra North Senatorial Zone.
He named the councils as Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayamelum and Oyi councils, and affirmed that Obiano has not executed any serious project in these communities or provided jobs for the youth – except for those of his hometown of Aguleri.
Okafor said that the choice was now left to Governor Obiano to continue to refuse them jobs and the provision of infrastructure in their affected communities.
According to him, each of the 34 communities has qualified graduates who can serve in various capacities at the state and local government levels.
Okafor alleged that they went to Governor Obiano to provide them logistics support to visit the Attah Igala at Odeke in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State to negotiate peace with the people over the lingering dispute between Anambra and Kogi over the Orient Petroleum site but he refused.
The youth leader said that it was another illustrious son of Omambala who gave them the money for the trip, noting that the crisis surrounding Orient Petroleum site was resolved because of their visit to the palace of the Attah Igala.
He said: “We took a very big risk to visit Odeke. They nearly killed us but for the quick intervention of the elders who noticed that we came for peace and pleaded with their youths to spare our lives. Fortunately, our meeting with them yielded tremendous results because before that meeting, Odeke people had banned and chased all the Igbo from Odeke but after that meeting they lifted the ban and accepted them back into their fold.”
He said that they regretted visiting the governor because he may have thought that they came to beg him for money, pointing out that what they needed were jobs and not money to share.