Ebonyi guber: PDP aspirants kick against zoning

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Governorship aspirants under the platform of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in Ebonyi Central Senatorial District, yesterday, berated their colleagues from the Northern Senatorial District for demanding that the 2023 gubernatorial ticket of the party be exclusively zoned to it.

Aspirants from Ebonyi North had recently met and demanded the governorship position exclusively in line with equity and fairness.

The communique which was  jointly signed by the four Ebonyi Central aspirants kicked against micro zoning of ticket to Ebonyi North.

It described the position of aspirants from the North senatorial district as short cut and self serving alleging that they distorted facts and history out of fear of meeting Ebonyi people in the field.

“To market these  false narratives to the people unchallenged, for us is a disservice to our people.  The contents of the communique in the first place, are indeed, affront  on the process that brought Ebonyi people together and which has been holding Ebonyi people together for ages.

“For the records and posterity, the agitation for the creation of Ebonyi State was anchored on a consensus arrangements between two major sets of people from Anambra/Enugu States on the other hand and their counterparts from Imo/Abia States on the other side of the divide. These different groups of people constituted what is known, recognized and addressed, from the onset, as people from Afikpo bloc and people from Abakaliki bloc. So, the term “bloc” which the authors of the communique want to be “jettisoned” has remained the distinguishing language and identity separating this two brothers. This identity has as well been serving as veritable bonds of unity and guidelines through which relationships are shared and sustained among this two interest groups since the creation of the state. Therefore the arrangements for Ebonyi creation was never pursued on senatorial interests but rather on bloc considerations.

“Thus, despite the later creation of senatorial zones and local governments, an average man from Afikpo bloc only sees an Izzi, Ezza or Ikwo etc person as indigenes of Abakaliki bloc and vice versa and not from the perceptual refraction of Ebonyi North/Central/south senatorial zone. This request by gubernatorial aspirants from Ebonyi North cannot erase existing history for parochial interests particularly when the founding fathers of the state are still alive.”

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