Enugu 2023: Former Senate Deputy Speaker Ekweremadu wants to destroy zoning arrangement, says PDP leader

A leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former national auditor, Ray Nnaji, has revealed the reason behind his insistence that a former vice-speaker of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, not contest the governorship of the state of Enugu in 2023.
Nnaji said the reason is that in 2031 when the governorship comes to the senatorial area of ​​Enugu West, where he (Nnaji) comes from, Ekweremadu would not have been politically relevant in the politics of the government. ‘State.





Nnaji said: “So Ekweremadu’s argument about no zoning is because he very much believes that after eight years he would no longer be politically relevant to contest the position. That’s why he wants to rock the boat saying there is no zoning principle.”
The controversy surrounding the zoning of the gubernatorial seat has recently been the subject of public discourse in the state.
Senator Ben Collins Ndu, had last week at a press conference held up a document which he said Senator Ekweremadu had signed, agreeing that the seat of governorship of Enugu should rotate between the three districts state senatorials, and that the governorship of 2023 should go to Enugu East senatorial area where it started in 1999.
But Nnaji in an interview alleged that Ekweremadu wanted to rock the boat because of his ambition to be governor.
Nnaji said, “I want to correct this misinformation that I have read about what former Senate Deputy Speaker Ike Ekweremadu said last weekend about the Governorship zoning in Enugu. He specifically said two things; a zoning and that he was the campaign manager of Chimaraoke Nnamani. These are not correct. And I want to correct them so that the reading public doesn’t think this is the right situation.
“It’s because I am one of the key players in the PDP which Ekweremadu also belongs to. And also someone from Enugu East, if I allow his misinformation to go uncorrected, it would appear to be the position of the gone or the way things have been in the state.
On the question of zoning, Nnaji said that all belong to the PDP and are bound by the party constitution.
“The first section of the PDP Constitution (2017) makes it clear that everyone is subject to the provisions of the constitution subject to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This same section 1 says that the provision of the constitution is binding for everyone.
“Section 7(3c) states that rotation of public office is mandatory. fairness,” he said.
“The party enshrined this in the Constitution to allow room for justice and fairness. They also said that if anyone challenges them that zoning is being discussed anywhere in the state, the no one should speak up. I want to make it clear to him that it is not true that zoning has never been discussed anywhere in the state.
“It’s a convention that the governorship rotates between the three senatorial districts. And it remained in effect from 1999.”
On the statement that he was the campaign manager of Chimaroke Nnamani, Nnaji said that was untrue.
“It was because the campaign manager was then Chief Ugochukwu Agballah, the current chairman of the APC. It was I who appointed him when I was chairman of the local government in 1997. He was then the second vice-president of our party, the UNCP. So Ekweremadu was not part of us. He was not even a founding member of the PDP. He was rather in the APP then. Unless he is referring in Chimaroke’s second term, which is not true either,” he added.


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