– The issue of zoning in Ebonyi state ahead of the 2023 elections have been addressed by the AESID

– The influential group has stated that zoning should not be a determinant in choosing the next leader of the state

– The association was reacting to an article suggesting the position of Ebonyi governor should be zoned

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Ahead of the 2023 governorship election in Ebonyi, some indigenes of the state under the platform of Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) have said that competence and credibility will determine who emerge the next governor and not zoning.

The association implored Ebonyi people to continue to study the records in and out of office of any contender and place same side-by-side with the prevailing challenges facing the state and seek out only those who can reverse the negative indices.

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This was contained in a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by the president of the association, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu on Sunday, January 10.

2023 elections: Zoning won’t count in Ebonyi state, says AESID

The race for who succeeds Governor Umahi seems to be on in Ebonyi state.
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The group was reacting to an opinion piece by one Sunday Okwerike who lamented that the rest of Ebonyians should probably leave the battle of Umahi’s successor in 2023 to only his Izhi clan.

Responding, the AESID said Ebonyi people will not support any leader or persons who have records of having been used particularly by the Umahi administration to dispense mindless violence on Ebonyians.

Part of the statement read:

“First, AESID wishes to assert that the number one criteria which we implore every Ebonyian and lover of our dear state to seek out in any intending aspirant or candidate is competence and credibility.

“AESID would implore Ebonyi people to continue to study the records in and out of office of any contender and place same side-by-side with the prevailing challenges facing the young state and seek out only those who can reverse the negative indices.”

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According to Oluchukwu, the government of Engr. Umahi has remained a family business with capital flights being the order of the day.

He added:

“Governor Umahi boasts that he knows even the costs of production and supply of ordinary nails, all because he is the sole supplier all to and by himself and his family.

“This is why the government has placed a higher premium on concrete roads, flyovers, and decorative water fountains cum lights over and above the economic survival of a greater number of Ebonyians.

“Come 2023, Ebonyi people should choose, follow, support, and elect a leader who would run an all-inclusive government that would see humans as humans and not as machines.”

Recall that the AESID recently alleged that there are plans by the Ebonyi government to intimidate politicians in the state who refused to defect to the APC with Governor Dave Umahi.

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The group said the recent comments made in various functions by the governor were disturbing, hence it called on the federal government to prevail on Umahi not to heat the polity in the state.

The group further alleged that the state government was planning to frame-up and rope-in some key political actors in opposition parties.

In a related development, the group recently expressed shock over a viral video of bags of rice alleged to have been mistakenly sent to Human Rights Radio, Abuja by the Ebonyi state government as a Christmas gift.

In the video, a driver who reportedly conveyed the rice from Abakaliki to Abuja where it was meant to be delivered to a serving federal director was seen lamenting that his payment for the delivery was stalled because he delivered the rice to the wrong address.

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