Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani, the former Governor of Enugu State, has declared that Enugu East must produce the next governor of the state come 2023 as its in accordance with the state’s governorship laid down zoning arrangement.
The lawmaker said this in a statement released on Sunday.
According to him, equity demands that the arrangement be respected by political stakeholders in the state.
While stating that zoning arrangements had fostered peace and harmony among Enugu people, Chimaroke Nnamani noted that it also gave every zone a sense of belonging and involvement in the politics and governance of the state.
The senator praised the former governor of old Anambra, Sen. Jim Nwobodo, former governor of old Enugu State, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo among others, for their contributions to the evolution of the zoning principle.
Going further, Mr Nnamani noted that after reviewing the positions of statesmen, he was convinced that the political class would be guided by history in picking the next governor of the state from the Enugu East zone.
He described zoning as a major selling point of the PDP in Enugu State, adding that it had ensured peace, balance, and even development.
The former governor expressed hope that other political parties in the state would uphold zoning and ensure that someone from Enugu East zone emerge governor of the state.
Note that Nnamani was the governor of the state from 1999 to 2007 and he was succeeded by Mr. Sullivan Chime from Enugu West zone from 2007 to 2015.
Sullivan was succeeded by the incumbent governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in 2015. He is from the Enugu North zone.