Members of a socio-political group, Enugu State Equity and Integrity Assembly, have thrown their total weight behind the existing zoning arrangement for the governorship position in Enugu State.
The group, made up of people of Enugu West senatorial zone, disclosed their stance in a communiqué read by the Coordinator, Mr. Gary Eneh, at the end of their meeting in Enugu yesterday.
They noted that the zoning arrangement had helped to stabilise Enugu State and reduce political tension, bitterness and rancour among political actors in the state.
The people stated that for peace and equity, the next governor of the state should come from Enugu East senatorial district, stressing that “Enugu West senatorial zone is not interested in the governorship position in 2023, as such moves would run contrary to the established zoning formula in the state.”
Also, members of the group unanimously passed a vote of confidence in the state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and the manner in which he has been promoting peace and unity as well as entrenching good governance in spite of Nigeria’s economic and security challenges.
According to them, “The members of the association are unflinchingly in support of the established zoning formula in the state.
“The members are not oblivious of the fact that the next governor of Enugu State should be from Enugu East senatorial zone for equity, fair-play, integrity and justice.
“That Enugu West senatorial zone is not interested in the governorship position in 2023 as such moves would run contrary to the established zoning formula in the state.
“The members passed a vote of confidence in the amiable, untiring state Governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. These are our declarations.”
The group maintained that past and present political office holders in the state emerged from the zoning formula which guaranteed the existing peaceful and secure environment in the state.
Leaders of the group present at the event included Chief Sam Aneke (retired assistant comptroller-general, Nigeria Custom Services); Hon. Nelson Uduji (former member of Enugu State House of Assembly); Dr. Charles Ajah (former state Commissioner for Water Resources); Chief Peter Aniagboso (former chairman, Ezeagu LGA); Chief Frank Maluze (estate surveyor), and Nze Philip Oko among others.