…Pushes for President of Southeast Extraction
By Jude Atupulazi
A non-political pressure group, Equity Movement Turn by Turn, has commended the Church, traditional rulers and elder statesmen in Anambra State for lending their voices to the call by the group for the governorship of the state to be zoned to Anambra South during the last electioneering.
The group which spoke at a media briefing in Awka last Tuesday, led by its chairman, Hon Gaius Ezeh, is now pushing for the emergence of a president of Southeast extraction as Nigeria gears up for the presidential election next year.
Equity Movement Turn by Turn is made up of Nigerians cutting across the six geo-political zones and, according to Ezeh, are united by their strong belief in Nigeria in spite of resentments and doubts due to the instability within some states and open agitations against the continued unity of the country.
‘We still believe that one united Nigeria where everyone feels accommodated and wanted is the best for every Nigerian. It is also our belief that even those agitating for separate existence here and there are really not doing so just for the love of staying separate, rather as an alternative to an arrangement that makes one a stranger in his father-land.
‘It is our strong belief that Equity and fairness, which rotation of principal political offices provides, will go a long way in solving Nigeria’s main political problem and make all Nigerians have faith in Nigeria and love her,’ the group stated.
It contended that the political instability in Nigeria also existed within the states and could only be checked by the adoption of equity and fairness.
It expressed satisfaction that its efforts for the enthronement of zoning of the Anambra guber spot to the South Zone succeeded, with all the three major parties accepting the arrangement.
‘We shall not forget to appreciate our religious leaders in the state. Bishops of Catholic, Anglican and Pentecostal churches, elder statesmen, like his Excellency Chief C. Ezeife; Chief Mbazulike Amaechi; Dr Nnamdi Eriobuna; Anambra Elders Forum led by Chief Emeka Anyaoku; Ohaneze Anambra State; Ndi Igwe, among others, without whose support and blessings we would not have achieved much,’ Equity Movement noted.
While congratulating Soludo on his victory and pledging their support, the group said it was now time for the gospel of zoning to be taken to the centre ahead of the 2023 presidential poll.
‘Equity clearly demands that all patriotic political parties should now focus down South and in the South, they should move to the Southeast for the selection of their flag bearers for the presidential election come 2023,’ the group stated, noting that thereafter when power would move up North, focus would be on North East or North Central.
It said that going by the records of the leadership of the country since Independence, equity now favoured the Southeast, which, the group noted, had not been fairly considered in the leadership of the country.
It said, ‘Down South to which power must shift this time, the Southeast stands out among the two other zones. Southwest has been in the helm of affairs in this country for over eleven years, South-South for six years while the Southeast had just an accidental emergence of General Ironsi that did not last beyond six months.
The Southeast therefore deserves to be allowed the chance to lead this country come 2023. This is justice, this is equity, and this is fairness that would usher in the much needed stability and peace that would form the base for Nigeria’s political and socio economic growth.