….Says the people have been marginalized
By Francis Igata
ENUGU—The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu-North senatorial district, has appealed to other zones in the state to support the nomination of Okey Ezea, governorship candidate of the party in the April 11 election, for ministerial appointment.
The zone regretted that since 1999, the zone has not produced a Minister in the Federal Executive Council, FEC, a situation that had embittered the people.
In a joint news briefing with six Local Government Area Chairmen of the party that make up Enugu-North senatorial zone, chairman of the zone,Mr. Emecheta Ugwu, lamented that the zone had produced no minister since the 4th republic.
He said: “in the spirit of justice,equity and good governance,Enugu-North senatorial zone of Enugu State should be allowed to produce the next minister.
“We elected Ezea as our nominee from the zone haven polled 21 votes to beat other contenders in an election the committee conducted.
‘’We have been marginalized in the scheme of things. We have credible men and women from our area who are eminently qualified to be ministers.
“We control over fifty percent votes and population in the state. Justice can only be said to be done when unequals are treated equally. It has been a trend in Enugu State for ministers to emerge from the zone where the governor emerged from. Our own should not be different.”
Continuing, the APC chieftain expressed dismay over the conduct of the party leaders after the just concluded elections, frowning on the acrimony generated by the disbursement of campaign funds.
He lamented that rather than concentrate on building a foothold for the party, its leaders had engaged in blackmail, back-biting, influence-peddling to pull the party down.
He quickly called on its leaders to close ranks and prepare for the December local government council elections which would provide APC the opportunity to field 277 candidates for 260 wards and 17 local government councils to reposition the party.