Enugu: President-Generals (PGs) of communities in the five local government areas of Enugu West Senatorial Zone have washed their hands off the endorsement of any zoning agreement in Enugu, noting that it was not part of their duties as community leaders.
Recall that the issue of zoning seems to have so far over overshadowed the issue of good governance and competence of the governorship aspirants since zoning, on its own, does not imply competence or good governance.
The President Generals have therefore urged the people of Enugu State to discard any communiqué purportedly signed by them endorsing the zoning of the 2023 governorship seat.It is recalled that a meeting of local government representatives of various town unions in the state was held at Filbon Hotel, Upper Chime Avenue, Enugu, on Wednesday, where signatories were collected for the endorsement of zoning in Enugu State and the consequent zoning of the governorship to Enugu East Senatorial Zone.But in a statement by their Zonal Spokesperson, Hon. Ejike Ilo-Tasie, Enugu West PGs washed their hands off what they described as a “charade”, opting instead to be to be left out of partisan politics.
“We were invited to a meeting of representatives of PGs of the 17 local government of Enugu State. We thought it was about one of the various pressing issues facing the State, but it turned out to be all about the endorsement of zoning.
“They also came with an already prepared communiqué, which they asked us to sign and threatened to withhold the monthly stipends of PGs that refuse to sign, in addition to other possible sanctions.
“But many of us spoke out. Number one, this is pure partisan politics. What is our business with governorship zoning as PGs? Such level of politics should be left for politicians.“Two, even if for whatsoever compelling reason we have to dabble into partisan politics and endorse zoning, are we not supposed to discuss it and draw our communiqué therefrom if we agree to it.
“Furthermore, if we have to endorse something as sensitive as zoning, especially zoning the governorship to a particular senatorial district, are we not supposed to consult our communities and leaders whose mandate we are exercising? “If we sign it, what are we going to tell our people? How do we convince them that we have not collected millions of naira to take such out-of-schedule action? They are not fools. They know that this is political season.
“Besides, the Governor has not named anybody as his preferred successor. If he does, then we can go back to our people to discuss it.“In Igbo land, it is when you see a question, that you now know the answer to give. But in this instance, they are working from a predetermined answer to a question and we collectively decided that we will not be part of such shenanigan.
“We publicly wash our hands off this scheme and want the world to know that we were not part of any such endorsement by Enugu town union PGs if they go ahead to publish same. “There are many pressing issues in the State requiring our attention as PGs, not zoning, especially the type being promoted by political jobbers.
“Even the tenure of the mover of the motion has long expired and a new PG elected and inaugurated in his community. So, he was not even supposed to attend the meeting in the first place. There were so many of them like that.”We also have it on good authority that they want to use unauthorised persons to sign for some of our local governments like Aninri and Awgu”, the statement read.
Chief Ejike Ilo-Tasie*
Spokesperson, Town Union PGs
Enugu West Zone
Dated 30th March 2022