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Zoning Has Gone Round and Must Go South – Equity Movement

By Jude Atupulazi

For those now suggesting that the governorship of Anambra State should return to the Central Senatorial Zone, it will benefit them to study the history of the governorship of the state according to the zones of past leaders from the state’s inception.

This was contained in a press statement by a group, Equity Movement Turn by Turn, signed by its chairman, Hon Gaius Ezeh and secretary, Hon Dan Ejianya, which was made available to Fides.

The group, which was reacting to a statement credited to a guber aspirant that it was the turn of the Central, said with the north completing its eight-year tenure after a former governor of the state, Peter Obi, from the Central, zoned it to the north, after his own eight-year tenure, it was now the turn of the South to produce the next governor.

‘What gladdened our hearts most was that by coming up to that point, he (guber aspirant) has at least agreed with us that it is good that the zoning be sustained. The essence of this release is to help that aspirant and any other person that holds the same view with him to reach the whole truth and be saved.

‘We have always been of the conviction that at the end all shall come to agree with us because, all that we preach; sustenance of zoning of the governorship seat, one political constituency for elective posts, and everyone serving out their present mandate before seeking for another, are all for the greatest good of the state and her people,’ the group said in the statement.

It said the essence of rotation remained to ensure equity, which, they said, was about substantial and not just mere technical justice.

The group recalled that the south had ruled through Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Chinwoke Mbadinuju, Andy Uba and Virgy Etiaba, for a total of five years and five months; while the north ruled through Obiano for eight years. The central, according to the group, ruled through Chris Ngige and Peter Obi for eleven years.

It therefore maintained that equity demanded that the south should now take its turn, a stand, it said, was supported by elders and stakeholders of the state.

‘A chat with elders and opinion leaders of this state will confirm our people’s strong desire for the sustenance of rotation. Equity Movement has met and discussed with groups and personalities like leaders of Ohaneze, presidents general of town unions, bishops of orthodox and Pentecostal churches, royal fathers and personalities, and they all saw good reason to agree with Equity Movement.

‘Most of these groups even went further to issue a communique, supporting the views of Equity Movement on the issue. Who else are we waiting to hear from, before confirming the voice of the people?

‘With the above analyses it becomes clear by all standards, that the turn now is that of Anambra South,’ Equity Movement insisted in the press statement, appealing to the people of the state to support the sustenance of the rotation for the greatest good of the state and her people and to make Nigerians think Ndigbo deserved to be taken seriously in their demand for the rotation of the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.