Zoning arrangement portends disaster for Abia PDP, says party leader
A leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia, Chief Charles Ogbonna, said the zoning of the 2023 governorship into two senatorial districts portends the death of the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the party strangely zoned the slot to Abia Central and North Senatorial Districts, simultaneously.
Ogbonna said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia that the zoning arrangement would reverse the political fortunes of the party in the state.
He said: “The zoning of the governorship by the PDP has been raising unwanted dust in the state for some time now.
“Today, PDP has become a house of unrest, where things are not working well.
“The way things are going today, they will destroy the party. My fear is the consequence of such actions.
“By calculating the voting pattern of Abia’s electorate, it means the unexpected is going to happen.”
“The consequence will be that people join the opposition.
“In a situation where someone does what they want, then the people will engage in protest votes during the election.”
He said prominent PDP members in the state, including former Senate Speaker Senator Adolphus Wabara, former NDDC Chairman Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, and former Secretary to the State Government , Dr. Eme Okoro, had spoken separately in favor of the change of power. in North Abia.
Ogbonna, who claimed to have joined the PDP in 1998, said “the party belongs to all of us and I have a bigger stake than most of those behind the controversial zoning.”
He threatened that the intent behind the PDP’s zoning model to facilitate the emergence of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s relative from the Ngwa axis of central Abia would be sabotaged.
He warned those who support the emergence of another Ngwa man to succeed Ikpeazu to remember the true outcome of the 2015 gubernatorial election and the voting pattern in different sections of the state.
The PDP leader therefore advised other political parties, especially the All Progressives Congress and All Progressives Grand Alliance, to ensure that they nominate their candidates from North Abia.
He recalled that the governorship in the state had rotated in sequence, starting from Abia North in 1999 with former Governor Orji Kalu.
“After Abia North, power shifted to Abia Central with Senator Theodore Orji, and later it went to Abia South Senatorial District.
“Power rotated on the basis of senatorial constituencies in Abia as in other states and all constituencies enjoyed good relations,” he said.
He said that following the streak, a meeting of Bende’s defunct bloc “insisted that power must move to Abia north, where it started in 1999”.
Ogbonna, a former commissioner under Ikpeazu, said the Abia were unhappy with the current administration due to the appalling state of infrastructure.
He said the state lacked basic infrastructure and social amenities, arguing that Umuahia, the capital, “resembles a glorified village”.
He expressed concern that Ebonyi, which was separated from Abia in 1991, “has overtaken Abia”, given its massive infrastructure development.
According to him, these politicians who make solidarity visits to Ikpeazu are political jobbers, sychophants and praise singers.
“They are just hungry and looking for patronage because there is not a single project going on in Abia to justify such visits,” he said.
Ogbonna, who reportedly poured libation into his house, while praying that power would never return to the Ngwa bloc, said the action was in line with his belief and conviction.
“I am a traditionalist and believe in pouring libations. I believe in my ancestors and it worked for me.
“I believe that the little, little gods run errands for the big God.
“The libation is a way of asking God to do something for me. It’s up to him to do it or not.
“It was not the first time that I poured a libation. Libation is a way of life. That doesn’t mean I don’t go to church,” he said.
He further reacted to the backlash that greeted the action saying, “I did it when Okezie was running for governor in 2015, nobody protested and he won.
“I also poured a libation when the suit challenging his election came to the Supreme Court, but no one protested and he won,” Ogbonna said.
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