By Ikeugonna Eleke
A businessman and stakeholder in Anambra State politics, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, has charged the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State, to concentrate on fielding a candidate that can win back the governorship position rather than zoning it to any part of the state.
He was speaking on the backdrop of the recent argument in the state that the governorship position had been zoned to Anambra South Senatorial Zone of the state.
Obiorah who is himself, a governorship hopeful in the 2021 governorship election in the state, said the state was predominantly a PDP state, and the party should rather be concerned about how to return power to the party, as it has been out of power for 16 years.
Speaking to journalists in his hometown in Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area, Okonkwo stated that there was no document to back up the zoning arrangement in the state which was currently being purveyed by some political actors in the state.
He said that zoning had never worked in the state before, describing those supporting it as doing so because they came from a part of the state favoured by the argument.
‘If you look carefully, you will see that there has never been a time when the zoning arrangement has ever worked, because, if we have to zone, then we have to stop people from other zones from contesting, but that has never happened, and every politician in the zone has been contesting election as they wish, so there is no zoning in Anambra State,’ he argued.
Obiora, a business man and owner of The Dome Event Centre in Abuja, said he was a lover of equity and fair play, pointing out that he would be happy if the people of Anambra State decided to come together to fashion out a zoning arrangement that would bind on all.
He however said it was wrong to come at the middle to begin to canvass zoning, just because some people had made up their minds on some politicians who incidentally hailed from the zone being favoured.
He told journalists that he had not fully declared his intention to contest for the governorship position as he was still consulting with major stakeholders in the state, but charged his party, PDP, not to let parochial interests rob it of the chance of winning back power in 2021.