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Anambra governorship election: PDP aspirants differ on zoning




By Chimezie Anaso

The quest of the senatorial district of Anambra South to produce a candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the governor’s election on November 6 dominated discussions at a stakeholder meeting.

The (NAN) reports that the meeting was held on Sunday in Amichi in the southern Nnewi local government area of ​​the state.

While some aspirants and stakeholders who were from the zone supported the clamor, others argued that the zoning was not enough, but supported the need for candidates who had the capacity to win the elections properly. say.

Mr Valentine Ozigbo, an aspirant, said Anambra Sud’s agenda is about the survival of the state and the chances of the PDP in the next elections, adding that it is necessary for the PDP to produce a 100% candidate. Anambra South.

Ozigbo said that while it was important for Anambra South to produce a PDP candidate representing the area, it was necessary to ensure that the flag bearer also had the competence and statewide acceptability to win the ballot. .

“Today was a huge success despite the few challenges; we are in the process of getting the next governor to come from the south, ”he said.

Ifenna Okwenna, another contender, said all of Anambra were waiting for the Southern District to lead the campaign as the state granted her the next governorship.

Okwenna said it would be unacceptable for Anambra South, which had been the most deficient in Anambra’s administration since 1999, to be in an unnecessary feud over who should be the right person.

He ordered the people of the Senate district to make a statement while Anambra waited for them on the matter.

For his part, Sen Uche Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central, said what was important for the PDP in Anambra was to have a candidate who not only matched the feeling of zoning, but with the ability to win elections.

Ekwunife, who is an aspirant, was a young girl from Anambra South but married to Anambra Central, said she grew up in Onitsha, in the North Senatorial Zone, and therefore qualified to compete in all zones.

She said she had the ability to win elections for the PDP after doing so in the past, adding that women have dual citizenship in politics and should be allowed to enjoy this privilege.

“As we claim zoning, we should also claim victory and victory is the word in this game.

“I am not leading this election because I am from the South, the Center or the North, I am running because I want to win,” she said.

But speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Okoli Akirika, PDP secretary in Anambra from South Anambra, told reporters the party had set up a 15-man committee to advocate for the emergence of a candidate from the southern senatorial district.

Akirika said the committee was set up at a stakeholder meeting in Amichi, in the southern Nnewi local government region of the state.

He said the committee would consult and involve the party’s main stakeholders to ensure that the South Zone produces an eligible and broadly acceptable candidate for the PDP.

Akirika said zoning, although a thorny issue, was a party policy issue as contained in Chapter 1 (7) of the PDP Constitution which provided for the rotation of political posts in accordance with the general feeling that Anambra South should produce the next state governor. .

“We have decided to set up a committee that will work on the details of the zoning so that at the end of the day Anambra PDP has a united front and presents a candidate who can win the election.

“What happened was true to the PDP slogan that ‘the power belongs to the people’, we opened the floor so that everyone could have their say because we do not want imposition or usurpation opinions.

“The PDP will not fear the political reality on the ground in Anambra where all the other political parties have zoned their tickets to the South,” he said.

Chief Godwin Ezeemo and Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN) are other aspirants who have spoken in support of the South Anambra Zone program. (NOPE)


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