By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—AHEAD of next Saturday’s nationwide state congresses of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Ebonyi State faction of the party, yesterday adopted a zoning formula for all the 39 executive positions to ensure the return of the party’s national chairman, Chief John Oyegun and the factional chairman in the state, Eze Nwachukwu Eze.
This, according to the stakeholders of the party, was aimed at ensuring that the congress was free and fair as it would help to position the party for the 2019 governorship election in the state.
Briefing newsmen shortly after a stakeholders meeting held at Nkwegu Ugbala Grand Arena, factional state chairman of the party, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu, disclosed that three leaders were drawn from each of the three senatorial zones of the state to work on the list.
The three leaders are: Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, former Governor of the state, Chief Martin Elechi; and former senator for Ebonyi North Senatorial District, Senator Chris Nwankwo.
”Recall that during our last meeting at the house of our leader, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Ebonyi APC unanimously for the purposes of guide, peace, and to strengthen the leadership of the party in the state, mandated our three God-given leaders to give us a direction on zoning of positions at state level.”
Prominent leaders of the party endorsed the zoning formula, describing it as a welcome development. A former governorship aspirant in the state, Dr Michael Agha Okoro and a chieftain of the party, Chief Enyi Enyi, stressed that the arrangement would position the party better in the 2019 general election.
The stakeholders’ meeting was attended by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and former governor of the state, Chief Martin Elechi, among others.