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2023: No Zoning In Enugu-APC




Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Enugu State All Progressive Congress (APC) has revealed that the post of governor will not be zoned.

This much was revealed by the Chairman Enugu State Caretaker Committee of APC, Dr. Ben Nwoye.

According to Nwoye, it is needless to debate on which senatorial zone will produce the next governor of the state.

He added that no one had ever been prevented from the contest on the basis of zoning, since the inception of the state.

Nwoye stated this in reaction to Senator Chuka Utazi’s viral video, claiming that the Enugu North Senatorial zone, otherwise known as the Nsukka zone, would retain power beyond 2023.

Further, he expressed displeasure over Senator Utazi’s unguarded public comment, especially at a time when electioneering campaigns were yet to commence in Nigeria.

His words: “This is purely a breach of the electoral law for political leaders to commence 2023 political campaign at this time when our constitutional democracy recommends four years for a tenure.

“The same constitutional democracy we operate, allows the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take charge as to when electioneering campaigns commence in the country.

“As the APC Chairman in the state, I thought it was wise to state categorically that governance stops where politics begins. We have responsibilities as politicians and as leaders to understand that when someone is elected he should be allowed a space to run his government.

“The worries of an average Enugu person now is how to earn a living, how to put food on his table, and not about where the power will revolve. So, am begging the leaders of Enugu, the political gladiators and political activists who take turns and trying to heat up the polity to slow down a bit.

“The next governor of Enugu state will not emerge based on zoning, or ethnicity, but will be based on experience, exposure and general acceptability. 2023 will not be a time for some people to say it is our turn.

“Nobody has ever been stopped from running for any position in Enugu state as a result of zoning. Those who are researching and presenting academic works should not reconstruct history, they should stick with the facts.”

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