The disagreements in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the Anambra governorship election took another twist as a prominent group within the party rejected alleged moves by certain elements to influence the zoning the governorship slot to Anambra North.
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The group, Anambra PDP Progressives Forum on Friday, August 11, accused the Anambra state Governor Willie Obiano of working to destabilize the party.
The Anambra PDP Progressives Forum said Obiano is working towards sponsoring an aspirant within the party with a view to cause confusion and scuttle the governorship primary already scheduled for later this month.
The group in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Ben Ukachukwu vowed to resist the idea of zoning.
Ukachikwi who described the alleged move by the governor as “deceitful and without any basis”, said the argument of zoning is completely “lacking in natural justice, equity and good conscience”.
He also said that the idea is bereft of any basis in the political history of Anambra state.
He further accused Obiano of using the funds meant for the development of Anambra state to further the zoning agenda.
“The ploy by the Governor Willie Obiano to sponsor candidates and destabilize the forthcoming Anambra State primaries scheduled to hold in August with the spurious argument that the governorship seat has been zoned to the north is banal, self serving and totally without merit whatsoever.
“The truth is that an APGA incumbent governor who has failed woefully to show evidence of even development except for Aguleri town where he comes from is busy using state resources in excess of N75bn inherited from the administration of the former Governor, Mr. Peter Obi to bribe and destabilize the National, Zonal and State officials of Anambra PDP as well as massively bribe and confuse traditional rulers and market leaders into emergency advocates of a non-existent formula in Anambra state politics,” Ukachukwu said.
Insisting that zoning has no place in Anambra politics, the group went down memory lane and posited that the idea was an insult to the majority of Anambra people.
“This argument is also a patented insult to majority of Anambra State political actors, especially those from the south senatorial zone who supported and voted for a candidate from the central zone even when Anambra South zone was yet to serve out their second four-year tenure during the Chinwoke Mbadinuju regime.
“In 2003, there was no clamour by Anambra South zone to complete their second term in office. In 2007, there was no such argument by Anambra Central zone to continue in office.
In 2010, there was no blackmail and propaganda by Mr. Peter Obi to continue in office as of right, personal or zonal.
“In 2014, there emerged a sentiment for Anambra North zone to be considered for the governorship seat, which nobody took very seriously because the governorship of Anambra State has never been based on sentiments or propaganda but by merit and ability to perform.
“In this 2017 governorship election, the equity between Anambra North zone and Anambra South are equal. By November 2017, both zones would have served one term each from 1999.
Prior to 1999, the equation was heavily in favour of the North zone in holding political offices meant for the entire state. They cannot therefore claim to be short-changed in holding political offices in Anambra State,” it said.
The group finally cautioned Gov. Obiano to bury any idea of destabilizing the PDP saying such would not succeed.
We earlier reported that Obiano insisted that the Anambra elections will hold despite moves by the Indigenous People of Biafra to boycott the election.
The governor said he received assurance from the brain behind the IPOB that elections will hold in the state contrary to the order given by the IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu.