A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ebonyi State, Dr. Sylvester Ogbaga, weekend explained that the State, since 1999, has always operated the political culture of zoning the Ebonyi Governorship seat among the three senatorial zones of the State.
He added that there was no need to debate the zoning of the 2023 Governorship position as the Ebonyi North zone was next in line to produce the next Governor of the State.
Ogbaga who is the current member representing Abakaliki/ Izzi Federal Constituency at the National Assembly stated this in Abakaliki, while addressing newsmen after picking his nomination form.
He identified zoning arrangement as the beauty of democracy in the State “in Ebonyi State politics, we believe in zoning.
“Ebonyi North, Central have served and now South, it is the turn of Ebonyi North again. Courtesy demands that the North is spending 16 years without Governor, central 8 years without Governor and South still in power.”
He described it as a high level of injustice, inequality and unfairness for anyone from Ebonyi South or Ebonyi central zone to be aspiring to become the next Governor of the State.
“The North demands it is our turn and I am here; nothing will make me to stop pressing to occupy the seat.
“I have listened to the views of the concerned elders from the South and their position is that it should be zoned to the North, they should not bring two zones together. We are not known for blocs from 1999 till date.
“They said it is not good to bring the two heads together. If you want to zone it to Ebonyi North, zone it to the North, if you are not zoning to Ebonyi North throw it open; though, there have not be any response from the party, but I believe the party has leaders that are tested and trusted, they will just do the right thing at the right time.”
He stated that the leadership of the PDP has agreed that they will constitute a zoning committee, which will zone the governorship position adding that it was the turn of Ebonyi North as they have spent sixteen years without producing the Governor of the State.