A political group in the state of Anambra, the Great Anambra Forum (GAFORUM) had already mandated that the state must adhere exclusively to its zoning scheme before it elects the next governor of the state as it starts preparations for the November 2021 elections.
The group which consists of technocrats, politicians, professionals from all fields, town unions, religious bodies and leaders of various associations, said the first criteria is that whoever must emerge as governor must come from Anambra South senatorial zone.
In a press briefing held in Awka, the coordinator of the forum, Mr Fabian Ozoigbo said the group had agreed that the governorship of the state should shift to the Southern senatorial zone of the state, after Governor Willie Obiano who hails from the northern zone completes his two year term.
Ozoigbo said, “As we approach 2021 gubernatorial election in Anambra State politicians across the state have started jostling for political relevance, but of paramount importance is the issue of where the governor will come from, after the incumbent has exhausted his tenure.
“The forum recognizes the fact that each of the 21 local government areas can produce a sound individual who is qualified to contest and become the next governor, no matter the criteria, but that is unhealthy and can be counterproductive.”
The group insisted that there exist in Anambra State an unwritten pact that spells out its zoning formula, and that it has also undertaken a survey in which over 70 per cent of respondents favoured the southern senatorial zone for the position of the governor.
It said out of a total 1,630 questionnaires distributed, 71 per cent of respondents preferred Anambra South to produce the next governor because of the existence of the zoning formula.
The group urged stakeholders in the state’s politics to respect the zoning pact, while also calling on the southern senatorial zone to begin early to shop for a credible candidate who would succeed the incumbent governor.
“Based on this, GAFORUM strongly urges the People of Anambra South to search for credible candidates with character, proven integrity, performance, competence and education for the job.
“This time we don’t need a governor of the Diaspora, anyone who is going to be governor must have lived among us for at least ten years and know the state’s individuals very well. We don’t want individuals to bring governance back from overseas, that’s part of the requirements,” said Ozoigbo.