A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State, Chief Anike Nwoga has declared that the next governor of Enugu State would be a product of zoning.
The veteran politician took the stand at a press briefing in Enugu, where he advised politicians in the State to respect the existing zoning of the guber position.
Nwoga said since the position had gone round the three senatorial zones of the State, common sense, equity and justice demanded that the Enugu East Senatorial zone should kick-start the rotation.
He cautioned politicians from other zones outside Enugu East not to waste their resources in their effort to truncate the said zoning arrangement.
The elder statesman said it would be disruptive for some persons who felt they were rich and highly connected to contemplate jettisoning the zoning system which has over the years promoted peace in the State.
He said, “It is not in doubt where the Enugu governorship for 2023 has been zoned to. Any politician in the State who wants to be sincere and tell himself the truth knows where it has been zoned to.
“I belong to the APC and we have zoned the position to Enugu East Senatorial District consisting of the six local government areas of Enugu South, Enugu North, Enugu East, Nkanu West, Nkanu East and Isi-Uzo.
“So, our governorship candidate will emerge from this place, and we think it will be the same for other political parties.
“So, what I am saying is that all governorship candidates must come from Enugu East Senatorial district in 2023.
“There has been controversy over zoning arrangements in the State and I want to inform you that APC has zoned the governorship slot to Enugu East and it means that our candidate must come from Enugu East senatorial zone because it’s their turn to direct the affairs of the State come 2023.
“I also want to believe that other parties might have done the same. We believe in the zoning arrangement that first produced former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani from Enugu East, then Sulivan Chime from Enugu West and the current Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi from Enugu North.
“We must go back to Enugu East and we are not joking about it, because it must happen.”
Nwoga, vowed that “nobody will take away this mandate from the people of Enugu East, no matter how rich or influential the person is, because it’s our turn to become the next governor of Enugu State.
“Any politician from Enugu West or Enugu North with the aim of contesting for the governorship election in 2023 is free to do so. Such people are free to throw their money around.”
Commenting on the statement by some politicians that the governorship position can go to any zone, Nwoga stated “that’s their personal opinion and not the opinion of the people of Enugu State, because based on our zoning arrangement, our next governor must come from Enugu East.”