Zoning won’t work; shop for a credible candidate to win 2021 Anambra guber election, Okonkwo charges PDP

Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 2 September 2019 | 757 times

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•PDP chieftain Obiora Okonkwo

An Abuja based businessman and politician, Chief Obiora Okonkwo, has called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to shop for a credible candidate that will be able to give the party victory in the 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.

He made the call while addressing journalists in his country home of Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state saying that a wrong choice will spell doom for the party.

The governorship hopeful said: “What the party needs now is to concentrate on fielding a candidate that could win back the governorship seat it lost 13 years ago rather than being distracted by zoning agitators.

“Zoning has never worked in Anambra state. Those who are shouting zoning now are doing so because they happen to come from a part of the state that is favoured by the argument.

“If you look carefully, you will see that there has never been a time when the zoning arrangement ever worked. If we have to zone, then we have to stop people from other zones from contesting, but that has never happened, and every politician in the zone has been contesting election when they wish, so there is no zoning in Anambra State.”

While describing himself as a lover of equity and fair play, Okonkwo stressed that it would be a joyful thing if the people of Anambra State take up the zoning idea by fashioning out a way round it.

Okonkwo insisted that it was wrong to begin to canvass for zoning midstream in the race for the sole reason that some people have made up their minds to favour some politicians who are from the zone.

He further dismissed the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA’s) decision to zone the governorship slot to the South Senatorial zone adding that it is not a standard for all other political parties to take.

According to him, there had not been any form of agreement reached by the people of the state on zoning just as there was no document to back up the zoning arrangement in the state currently being purveyed by some political actors in the state.

On the issue of him running for the governorship position come 2021, Okonkwo said he was still consulting adding that he was available for service of his state.

He enjoined PDP not to let parochial interest rob it of the good chance it has at winning the governorship election in 2021.

Source: News Express

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