Abia 2023: Okezie, Abaribe On War Path Over PDP Zoning Arrangement - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, March 28, 2022

Abia 2023: Okezie, Abaribe On War Path Over PDP Zoning Arrangement

             •Abaribe • Gov Ikpeazu

The Daily Crucible | Monday,  March 28, 2022
By Godwin Akomah, Umuahia

Governor Victor Okezie Ikpeazu and 
Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, hitherto good political allies appeared to be walking on war path today against each other with the Senator's rejection of a purported zoning arrangement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the the race for the governorship ticket of the party in Abia State.

Abaribe who represents Abia South in the upper legislative chamber and sympathizer of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of a separatist group, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was reacting to a statement credited to the Chairman of the party in Abia state, Dr. Alwell Asiforo,  claiming that the ticket had been zoned to Abia North and Abia Central.

In a statement he personally signed on Sunday, Abaribe said: “My attention has been drawn to a document signed by the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Alwell Asiforo purporting that the Abia State PDP has zoned the Governorship seat to Abia North and Abia Central and wish to assure all Abians who are desirous of an end to imposition in Abia State to disregard the purported zoning

“While any member of PDP has the right to support anybody for any elective position in Nigeria, it cannot be to the exclusion of any other member.

“It is obvious that the statement was merely formulated to exclude me from the contest.

“By virtue of section 42(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, no person or body can exclude me (Nma Agha Ndigbo) from contesting and winning the 2023 elections in Abia State.

“All PDP members and Abia citizens are therefore urged to remain calm and participate in the forthcoming congresses and primaries where your voice will be heard as we dismantle the CABAL that want to keep Abians subjected to further years of imposition.

“It is only Abians that will decide who will be their Governor in 2023.” the statement concluded.”

But in a swift reaction, Governor Victor Okezie Ikpeazu - led Abia State Government took a swipe at  Abaribe for attacking the position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the State on zoning.

In a statement, Abia State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Eze Chikamnayo, described the comments by Abaribe as unguarded and borne out of self interest, which according to him was a calculated attempt to destabilise the PDP in the state.

The statement read in part, “The recent unnecessary diatribe by His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who is currently representing the good people of Abia South in the Nigerian Senate, against the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia State, is very unfortunate and totally unbecoming.

“First, the party has spoken and it remains binding on all law abiding members of the PDP in Abia State. Therefore, any personal attack either overtly or covertly on the Party and or the person of the leader of the Party, His Excellency, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu is a wasteful exercise unexpected of a senior official of Senator Abaribe’s standing.

“The Peoples Democratic Party, Abia State is a democratic Institution whose decisions at all times must be based on the ideas, opinions and aggregate interests of members and stakeholders at all levels.

“In the instant case, Abia PDP decided to zone it’s Governorship ticket to Abia Central and Abia North based on the feedbacks they got from the recently concluded tour of Local Governments in the entire State wherein leaders, stakeholders and the entire membership freely proclaimed their preferences and made submissions as it affects the 2023 Governorship ticket. They rightly observed that only Local Governments from Abia North and Abia Central indicated interest to fly the flag of the Party for the upcoming Guber elections during the fact finding tour.

“Specifically, Senator Abaribe’s Obingwa Local Government asked the Party to support their bid to have Senator Abaribe to run for the Presidency of Nigeria.Thus, the Party simply acquiesced to this noble request and will definitely help Obingwa Local Government in this regard.

“Instead of Senator Abaribe to embarrass himself by embarking on this fruitless adventure of confronting the masses of PDP in Abia State, it is expected that he would go back to his LGA and initiate consultations in order to help them realise their lofty objectives of supporting him, Senator Abaribe, for a higher office such as the Presidency.

“For one person who has been Deputy Governor, and four time Senator it will naturally be a thing of joy for him to answer the clarion call of his people. It would be unthinkable to believe that any right thinking Abia Patriot will find nothing wrong in locating the Guber ticket in the same LGA as the incumbent given the prevailing sensibility of the generality of Abians at this point in our history."

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