Saturday 13 July 2013

Enugu 2015: No zoning to Nsukka


Following recent endorsement of power shift by the PDP caucus and Governor Sullivan Chime to Enugu North, a close ally of former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani and henchman of the Ebeano political group, Sir Sam Ejiofor, has said that there is no zoning arrangement in the state.
Ejiofor, who spoke in an exclusive interview with Saturday Sun in his country home in Agbani, said the Ebeano political machine, which threw up Chime but which he sometime pronounced dead, is still very much alive. He spoke to PETRUS OBI in Enugu.
Sir, what is your position on the controversial zoning arrangement in the state that saw the zoning of the 2015 governorship position to Nsukka zone?
As a politician, I must tell you that I don’t believe in zoning. Zoning is a lazy man’s way of aspiring to a political position. What should occupy our mind is, who will deliver the goods. The question is, if we produce an Nsukka man, is he the governor of Nsukka or the governor of Enugu State? The same thing goes for an Udi or Nkanu man. The problem of Nigerian politics is divisive tendencies – ethnicity, religious bickering, sectionalism. These are our problems. We are not patriotic enough to have Nigeria as an umbrella; as our own. These divisive tendencies breed all the ills we have in our society.  It breeds corruption; it breeds sectional sentiments, it breeds favouritism. When somebody is working in a place, instead of focusing on the issues, he will be thinking of favouring his people because this is his turn. If these things have to die, we won’t be talking about zoning; we will be talking about capability; we will be talking about who is able; we will be talking about wise vision, wise programme.
I strongly support the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu. There was never a time we had a written agreement on zoning in Enugu State. When Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani contested as governor, did he contest with an Nkanu man or people from Enugu East Senatorial Zone? He contested with people like Nduka Agu, Ogbuefi Ozongbachi, Dubem Onyia, Eddy Ugwu from Nsukka, just name them; they all contested under the same PDP. They failed and Chimaroke won and they are talking about zoning. Even Sullivan Chime, when he contested, it was not only Udi people that presented candidates, Nsukka people presented. A lot of them; the same Eddy Ugwu, the same Okey Ezea, Fidel Ayogu all of them contested. Is it because Sullivan won that they are now talking of zoning? Forwhat? There is no zoning. If there must be zoning, we should sit down and draw the procedure for the zoning so that if it is the turn of Enugu East, every candidate must come from that zone. A situation where somebody is contesting from all the zones and one other person won and you say it’s zoning, that is rubbish.
So there is no zoning; what we should be talking about is who knows the problems of Enugu State; who will solve the problem of Enugu State. Besides, what causes this issue of zoning is the same problem – bad governance. People do not care who you are if you are giving them their due; if you are providing jobs equitable; it’s because of the principle of winner-takes-all, that’s why we are talking about zoning. If governor sees himself as the number one citizen of the state and carries everybody along, gives employment to qualified persons from every part of the state, builds roads equitably, nobody will talk about zoning. Get to the Government House, you will only be hearing one language: ‘Di anyi emeko kwe ya’ you’ve known where he is coming from. If it’s an Nsukka man, ‘also’ if it is Nkanu man‘si ahara ya’. People thought that those slangs are for nothing, they are for identification of where one comes from, and that is the problem. So anybody who wants to contest should come and tell Enugu people what he wants to do for them. That  is who I will support. But if you are coming on the grounds that you are from Nsukka or you are from the East, that is rubbish; that is nonsense. We shouldn’t talk about it; it is not an effective way for democracy to prevail and to flourish in our society.
What has happened to the Ebeano political group? Is it dead?
Whether you like it or not, there are still legacies that Ebeano will never die. What might die may be the composition because politics is about interest. Why do we have a nuclear family, extended family, a village a town, a community? Even the state comes up from a little nuclear family. Previously, all of us were from Eastern Region, including Rivers and South-South. Later on, it was split into states. We have old Anambra State from there Ebonyi went and now we have Enugu State. Even in this current Enugu, Nsukka is itching for Adada State. As they are growing, the nomenclature changes, the structure changes, the feature changes but still for the fact that we all hail from Igboland, we are still Igbos, that expansion does not remove it. That is exactly what Ebeano is. Ebeano has grown as a big family; a big political empire, having so many leaders, so many extended structures, but it is there. The moment you get to the Ebeano Tunnel, you remember Ebeano; the moment you get to Otigba Junction, you remember Ebeano; the moment you come to Ebeano city, ESUT, and you remember Ebeano. And the moment you remember those things, you will see the remnants of Ebeano there.

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