Group urges halt to zoning of political offices
Crisis-Ridden All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State has accused former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, of displaying anti-party tendencies despite his claims of re-jigging the party.
The former lawmaker was accused of being APC in the day and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in the night. APC was responding to Nnamani’s recent statement that he was committed to putting the APC into winning ways in Enugu.
Nnamani had, during a meeting with the APC ward congress appeal panel in Enugu, on Friday, said he was ashamed that the party was not winning elections in the state, declaring that a process of re-jigging the party had commenced.
The Publicity Secretary of APC in the state, Mrs. Kate Ofor, said in Enugu, yesterday, that the foundation members of the party in Enugu agreed with the statement credited to Nnamani that while trying to re-jig the party “we detest APC in the day and PDP in the night.”
SIMILARLY, Enugu Rebirth, a socio-political organisation, has kicked against calls for zoning ahead of 2023 elections in the state.
In a statement yesterday, the Director-General, Chuka Eze, lamented the desperation to entrench zoning in the selection of political office holders.
“Having gone through the cycle of zoning for 24 years, with each senatorial zone having their son occupying the Enugu governorship position for eight years each, the need for political inclusiveness appears to have been duly addressed and should immediately be discarded to pave the way for competence, capability and acceptance by the generality of the people.
“After carefully reviewing the journey of Enugu in the area of social, political and economic development since the dawn of democracy in 1999, it is our considered position that the good people of the state have not benefited in measurable, tangible terms from the so-called zoning of elective political offices,” he said.
He decried the “disturbing trends by political gladiators to heat the polity” with calls for zoning ahead of 2023 elections.
Eze lamented that zoning of political offices had denied the state the opportunity to present its ‘best 11’ in leadership.