Ebonyi indigenes reject zoning for 2023 guber poll
Indigenes of Ebonyi State, under the aegis of Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID), have faulted the selection of Governor Dave Umahi’s successor based on a zoning arrangement by the political elite in the state.
The group, led by Mr. Paschal Oluchukwu, said that the ongoing campaign in the media by some interest groups regarding the need to respect ‘charter of equity’ does not exist.
AESID, in a statement, contended that competence, capability and credibility should be the yardstick to elect anyone aspiring to succeed Umahi.
The group said: “Ebonyi people truly deserve nothing but the best, most credible and competent hand it can get from any part of the state who understands the prevailing challenges of anthropogenic poverty, lack of human empowerment, health and educational deficiencies arising from poor policy planning and executions among other negative trends and its attendant consequences on the people.
“As various political parties in Nigeria gear-up for congresses at the wards, local council, state and national levels, it has become indubitable that political activities have raved up as expected with many analysts and pundits fully up in their game.
“Whereas, the situation is not any different in Ebonyi, the calls in some quarters for the mediocre acts of zoning of political offices have once again been brought to bear in the debate over who succeeds Govern of Ebonyi in 2023. Those who engineer this premise their position on what they term equity and fairness in their delusional fantasy to keep an ‘equity bond’ that neither exists nor has ever been manifest in Ebonyi politics.
“As a governance and accountability platform, AESID feels very strongly that it is also part of the core mandate to bring unbiased analysis on political debates in our dear state, not only putting the records very straight but also picturing the future that Ebonyi truly deserves.
“Having remained the most outstanding accountability platform in the state with membership drawn across the entire state, we would not watch a section of self-interest seekers, paid political permutations, jobbers and hatchets men mislead, misdirect or misinform Ebonyi people as they battle to choose a credible and competent leader who would take-over the baton as Governor David Nweze Umahi’s successor.”
“It bothers placing properly on record that the so-called, non-existent ‘charter of equity’ which some rented script writers are bandying in the media does not exist and people from the three senatorial zones of the state have equally vied for the coveted position of the governor of the salt of the nation.
“In our deep reflections, we recall that in 1999 when Dr. Sam Egwu from the Ohaukwu axis of Ebonyi North Senatorial zone ran for governorship under the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), current Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu of Ebonyi South, also vehemently contested for the same position under the defunct All People’s Party (APP),” the group further said.
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