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Unjust for LP to deny Enugu north deputy guber slot, says Azike

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
11 August 2022   |   2:43 am
Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Ibuchukwu Ezike, yesterday, said that denying Enugu North Senatorial zone the deputy governorship slot of the Labour Party

Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Ibuchukwu Ezike, yesterday, said that denying Enugu North Senatorial zone the deputy governorship slot of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 elections in Enugu State would not only be unjust but ungodly, exploitative and demeaning.

Ezike, an indigene of the senatorial zone, while responding to a letter by Dr. Gabriel Onoh, eldest son of former governor of old Anambra State, late Chief Chukwuma Onoh, to LP governorship candidate in the state, Chief Chijioke Edeoga, insisted that Onoh’s advice is fraught with gross injustice and tends to demean the stature, integrity and geography of the Nsukka people.

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Onoh, in the letter, had advised Edeoga against picking his running mate from Enugu North Senatorial District, stressing that such a decision would create polarisation among the cultural divisions in the state.

He had added that the consequences of such are obvious, stressing: “We can’t, on the one hand, criticise Tinubu for his decision of a Muslim-Muslim ticket, and, on the other hand, do the same thing.”

But Ezike, in response, disagreed with Onoh, arguing that his notion was an attempt to intimidate and exploit Nsukka. Ezike insisted that Isiuzo Local Council, where Edeoga hails from, is in the Enugu East zone, where the governorship slot has been zoned but shares a similar cultural affinity with Nsukka people.

Going down memory lane, he said: “In the old Anambra, there were five senatorial districts -Abakaliki, Enugwu, Nsukka, Awka and Onitsha. During the 1979 general elections, Senator Isaiah Ani was elected to represent Nsukka District, while Senator B.C Okwu represented Enugwu District, not Udi, Greater Awgu, Ezeagu or Nkanu. All of these entities formed Enugwu Senatorial (cultural zone) just like Nsukka cultural zone.”

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