Zon­ing should not sac­ri­fice merit, says Abaribe

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - Adamu Mu’azu By Tu­raki A. Has­san

Abia State gu­ber­na­to­rial as­pi­rant, Se­na­tor Enyin­naya Abaribe, has said that de­spite the fact that the gov­er­nor­ship po­si­tion in Abia has been zoned to Ukwa-Ngwa zone, the elec­torate should look out for the best so as not to sac­ri­fice merit in the gov­er­nance of the state.

A state­ment from Se­na­tor Abaribe’s me­dia of­fice said the se­na­tor who made the ap­peal in Ohafia, in Abia North Se­na­to­rial zone of the state in con­tin­u­a­tion of his con­sul­ta­tion to­wards a mak­ing a for­mal dec­la­ra­tion to con­test the gov­er­nor­ship race, told the people he has come to present him­self not as an Ngwa as­pi­rant, but as some­one qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced to gov­ern the state.

The state­ment read in part: “What Abia needs is a qual­i­fied gover­nor in 2015, no mat­ter where he comes from. I hap­pen to come from that zone, but it is not for some­body who will come in to learn on the job, that is not what the state needs now. Abia state can­not af­ford to have a pupil-gover­nor whose lot is to learn on-the-job.

“It is nec­es­sary for us to re­launch our­selves. It is not in our in­ter­est to have a gover­nor that will spend four years to learn how to gov­ern. Abia North don’t need to go far to look for who will be the next gover­nor of the state. You have a friend in me. I think I have been able to rep­re­sent my people well.”

It said though the fed­er­a­tion al­lo­ca­tion to the state is mea­gre, the people should look in­wards and “re-en­er­gise the ever vi­brant en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit” which has made Aba the commercial hub of the East.

Some of the lead­ers in the zone who spoke on the oc­ca­sion, ex­pressed their sup­port for the se­na­tor. Dr Emeh Okoro, a leader in the zone who spoke at the oc­ca­sion said: “Abaribe’s pedigree, track record and ex­pe­ri­ence in gov­er­nance are quite in­tim­i­dat­ing and is not one to be glossed over”.

An­other el­der, Chief K. K. Owen who spoke for Ohafia people, re­minded the crowd that it was Abaribe’s hu­mil­ity and in­tegrity that saw him through the tur­bu­lent pe­riod when he was deputy gover­nor, adding that he should be sup­ported.

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