The last is yet to be heard on the true indigene ship status of Mazi Clement Owunna, the Okigwe zone senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the forthcoming general elections.
It would be recalled that the media was awash a fortnight ago when the member representing Okigwe North in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Matthew Omegara, dropped a bombshell against Mazi Owunna, at a campaign rally in Isiala Mbano, accusing him of deliberately deceiving the general public on his true paternal or indigene ship status.
According to the report, Hon. Omegara, was quoted to have revealed that the APGA senatorial candidate was never a true son of Okigwe, that his father, later Chief Peter Owunna, hailed from Akunwanta Orlu zone in the present Ideato North, and not Umulolo Okigwe, as he presently claims.
However, latest information on the ongoing paternal claim by Owunna, has it that the aspiring senator has started making moves which are aimed at staving off the damage such revelation could make to his young political career.
A competent source who was privy to one of the subterranean moves already embarked by Owunna, confirmed that the APGA candidate has resorted to bribing notable Traditional Rulers of the Okigwe area, to enable them help in countering the controversial issue which is currently causing disquiet in his political camp.
The source also hinted that Mazi Owunna, opted to fight this all-important issue with every resources at his disposal, as according to him, to forestall the ugly embarrassment the revelation is currently causing to his chances in the election.
He added that this move became imperative for Owunna, as his supporters in the zone who were thrown into confusion upon the revelation have begun to reconsider their stand in view of the weighty nature of the issue, pointing out that as some of his key supporters have started joining the camps of his opponents in the poll.
He said: ?It is indeed a trying moment for Mazi Owunna. His campaign team is currently not losing any sleep since his true identity came to the public knowledge. They have gone the extra mile to ensure that all foreseen dents to his young political career are cleared thoroughly?.
?One of the leading moves now embarked by Mazi Owunna, towards clearing this mess is to bribe the Traditional Rulers in the Okigwe local government area axis to do the yeoman?s job. After receiving the money, the Traditional Rulers are expected to embark on an intensive image laundering for the aspiring senator, by countering the revelation that Mazi Owunna is not from their area, which is against the earlier revelation on his true paternal status?, the source submitted.
The source further maintained that the current move may not yield the desired result, as some of the Traditional Rulers, who are uncomfortable with the idea, have vowed to scuttle it, as some of them described the move as sacrilegious to their lands, while others saw it as a calculated attempt aimed at truncating the collective development of the entire Okigwe senatorial zone.