The leader of Ukwa La Ngwa Elders’ Council, UNEC, Dr Max Nduaguibe Sunday maintained that the demand  of Ukwa La Ngwa that the next Abia State Governor come from  any of the Ngwa Local Government Areas of Isiala Ngwa-North, Isiala Ngwa-South and Osisioma, otherwise known as Umunne Ato Ngwa in Abia Central Senatorial District, in 2023, would not be eclipsed by partisan or administrative bullying.

In an exclusive interaction with and at his country home, Ntigha, in Isiala Ngwa-North LGA, Dr Nduaguibe refused to respond to the various reactions trailing the communique issued by Ukwa La Ngwa Elders’ Council where the demand was stated, explaining that all issues partaining to their demand are clear and incontrovertible

"After the meeting of Ukwa La Ngwa Elders' Council, I also appeared on a phone in radio programme where I exhaustively  disected the basis of our demand. 

" Our demand is based on Justice, Equity and Fairness, nobody could  fault it and we are not going back on it.

"There is no reason to react to the various reactions from any quarter to our demand. But let me repeat that UNEC is  purely a socio-cultural organization. We are non-partisan and  accommodates all groups and shades of opinion in Ukwa La Ngwa, irrespective of political affiliations. We are grassroots-based and I do not know of any portion of the Constitution as amended that forbids us making any demand for the good of our community. We do not meet as a political group, but as a community-based group to discuss issues  for the well being of our people. I do not see any form of bullying that can put an end to that", he affirmed

Recently, UNEC, rising from a broadbased meeting stated in a communique amongst others: "That the good people of Ukwa La Ngwa, in pursuit of Justice, Equity and Fairness, knowing that the People of Old Bende have governed the State for an unbroken Sixteen Years, 1999 to 2015, unequivocally demand and insist that they will also Govern for Sixteen Consecutive Years, that is from 2015 to 2031,

"That, by virtue of Justice, Equity and Fairness, the People of Ukwa La Ngwa will collectively and ceaselessly work for the democratic enthronement of Abia State Governor of Ukwa La Ngwa Extraction, from any of the Three Ukwa La Ngwa Local Government Areas of Isiala Ngwa-North, Isialangwa-South and Osisioma, otherwise known as Umunne Ato Ngwa in Abia Central Senatorial District, in 2023"

Their demand has since raised the political temperature of the State attracting a press statement from the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, who frowned at the contents of the communique. The ruling party, PDP further followed up and embargoed its members from attending meetings where zoning will be discussed, while political interests from Abia Norths argues that it is its turn to produce the governorship in 2023