–Back Dr. Emmanuel Ezeh As Preferred Candidate
By Amuche Agbo, Abakaliki
Ahead of the 2023 Governorship election in Ebonyi State, the critical stakeholders from four Local Government Areas that made up of Ebonyi North Zone have insisted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should zone its governorship position to Ebonyi North zone for the interest of Equity, justice and fairness in the State.
The Councils’ stakeholders also backed Dr. Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh as their preferred and most qualified candidate to be giving the Governorship position.
In a released endorsed by the Stakeholders including Hon. Sunday, Eweh, Abakaliki, Hon. Nnaji Simon Nwodo, Ebonyi, Chief Emmanuel Edeh, Ohaukwu, and Comrade Fidelis Nwankpu, Izzi and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki, the State Capital, appealed to all the critical Stakeholders of the Party within Ebonyi North, especially Senator Sam Ominyi Egwu, to immediately call for meeting they could work towards adopting the credible and sellable among other esteemed Governorship aspirants.
According to the release, ” Senator Sam Egwu remains our political leader we support strongly his views on zoning and I am urging every stakehold to embrace this voice of reason before it is too late.
“That it is imperative we speak in a firm but loud voice that Zoning arrangements must be maintained in our state in order to avert impending implosion occasioned by few elements planted to destroy Ebonyi PDP from within.
“That We wish to use this medium to charge the entire Ebonyi PDP family on the need to sustain political stability in Ebonyi State by ensuring that the usual zoning formula among the three Senatorial Zones is not distorted.
“HE Excellency, Distinguished Senator Sam Egwu remains our Political Leader. We support strongly his views on Zoning and urge every stakeholder to support this voice of reason before it is too late.
“That we are totally uncomfortable with the unfortunate instability and uncertainty that has intentionally been created in Ebonyi PDP by those who are hell bent on frustrating the zoning of governorship position to Ebonyi North zone as required by the constitution of our great party. We see this as a deliberate attempt to play politics of “Nkari” and will not allow such culture to become part of our party, so as to avoid possible anarchy in the future.
It added,”That we are pained by the promotion of iphfu in our politics by desperate politicians who are ill-prepared for Leadership. They seek power only to dominate rather than build. This politics of division has reduced our clan to laughing stock amongst our contemporaries. This must stop. We need a fresh and untainted hands. We need a man with a clean slate in the person of Dr Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh. We hereby adopt him as our candidate.
“We have also noticed with great pains and alarm, the usual characters who are perennial contestants but in reality working for outside interests. We know their game, but this time theirs shall end in shame.
“That we need a man of courage, character, competence and commitment with clear vision of what Ebonyians need. Dr Ezeh’s manifesto as unveiled shows a man that is prepared for Leadership. We are honoured to call him our own. The era of half bakes and quota candidates is far gone. We must present our very best.
“That We urge our elders, other stakeholders to proudly walk this path of honour by joining us in adopting Dr Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh as our sole candidate from Ebonyi North Zone.
“That we are convinced that a man like Dr Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh stands out among all the Guber aspirants and has all it takes to wrestle power from the APC come 2023. He is not only competent and capable, but has the potential of gaining the widest acceptability not only in Ebonyi North but the whole of Ebonyi State.
“That his Abridged manifesto is eloquent testimony to the quality of his candidacy. He is fresh and untainted by past misdeeds and irreconcilable differences burdened by most of his competing aspirants. He represents a lease of hope, a technocrat and a man of solid ideas. We are happy to adopt him as our candidate to carry the flag of our great party PDP.
“That we are totally uncomfortable with the unfortunate instability and uncertainty that has been intentionally created in Ebonyi PDP by those who are hell bent on frustrating the zoning of governorship position to Ebonyi North zone as required by the constitution of our great party. We see this as a deliberate attempt to breed anarchy in the political equation of our dear Ebonyi State.
“That we are aware of those our brothers in Ebonyi North who are being used to further divide us and frustrate the political progress of Ebonyi North Zone, in apparent disdain for Ekumenyi dynasty.
“That we have reviewed the Character, Competence and Capacity of all our contestants in an attempt to separate real contestants from distractors. Being aware of the political happenings in our zone and appreciating the deep seated challenges existing especially in Izhi clan; created by selfish and desperate politicians; we also wish to state clearly that we know those who created and have kept watering these challenges. It is therefore our conviction that these set of persons who started the unfortunate division cannot provide solutions to it, as theirs have become the case of a poisoned chalice.
The groups however, reaffirmed their confidence on the critical stakeholders of the party believing that all efforts are geared toward returning the state back to the Peoples Democratic Party.
“That we wish to reaffirm our confidence in the leadership of prominent stakeholders like HE, Distinguished Sen Dr. Sam Ominyi Egwu, HE, Distinguished Sen. Pius Anyim, Chief Ali Odefa (NVC, SE), State Working Committee members, our National Assembly Members, State Assembly Members and believe that we are on a path to rescuing our state from APC. We further reaffirm that indeed Ebonyi is PDP and Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone is the home of PDP in our dear state.
“That It is our express conviction that anything short of exclusive zoning of the governorship position to Ebonyi North Senatorial District would amount to injustice and a truncation of the smooth pattern of power rotation for which Ebonyi State has been known since the return of Democracy in 1999.
“We, therefore urge the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party to immediately do the needful, even as primary elections approaches.
Continuing,”We therefore call on all PDP critical stakeholders of Ebonyi North to immediately come together and harmonize interest so as to present a common front in the candidacy of Dr Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh while pushing for fairness, even as PDP Primaries draws nearer.
“Posterity will be fair to us all in this noble endeavour”.