By Anayo Okoli
THE decision of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State to exclude some Ngwa people from its governorship zoning for 2015 has polarised the traditional institution in the state.
The traditional rulers are now divided into two camps, with one camp supporting the zoning decision of the party, while the other is against it, insisting that all Ngwa people should be allowed to participate in the contest.
While the chairman of the state Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Eberechi Dick, is leading the camp that supports the PDP zoning formula, prominent Ngwa traditional ruler, Eze Bernard Enweremadu, is leading the camp that excludes parts of the Ngwa people in the contest for PDP candidate in 2015.
The Eze Enweremadu group said it was in support of a zoning formula that would give interested entire Ukwa/Ngwa people the opportunity to contest for ticket as against the present decision where Ngwas from the Central senatorial zone were blocked out.
To press home their position, the group met a few days ago at the palace of Eze Enweremadu and resolved to reject the zoning.
Other notable traditional rulers that attended the meeting include Eze Emmanuel Chiavoghilefu and Eze Nelson Nmerengwa.
They specifically protested the exclusion of three Ngwa local government areas of Isiala Ngwa North, Isiala Ngwa South and Osisioma, commonly called Umuneato.
The three local government areas in Ngwaland are in Abia Central zone.
However, their position did not go down well with the leadership of traditional rulers in the state, who swiftly reacted by issuing a warning to traditional rulers to steer clear of politics and allow the party’s zoning formula to subsist.