Enugu 2023: Understanding Zoning And The Enugu Governorship Trajectory
I had on completely different events disclosed my witness, in all probability as a result of my shut affiliation with my father, to the institution of zoning political positions, notably governorship, in Enugu state, courting again to the previous Enugu state when it was created in 1991. In my narrative, I advised about how Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo emerged as the primary civilian governor of the then Enugu state that comprised of two senatorial districts of the current Ebonyi state and Icha Ituma as Nwodo’s deputy governor.
I had additionally advised of how within the current democratic dispensation that stared from 1999, how Okwesilieze Nwodo within the firm of Senator Jim Nwobodo and Dr Chimaroke Nnamani got here to my father’s home in Ngwo in 1998, a prelude to the election that ultimately threw up Dr Nnamani, as Governor of the current Enugu state on Could 29 1999. In my witness accounts, I recalled that the difficulty of zoning was clearly spelt out from the onset in 1991 by these elder statesmen, noting that Nwodo emerged governor then as a result of at the moment the leaders held the opinion that Nsukka zone ought to produce a governor, having not produced it earlier after we that belonged to the previous Enugu senatorial zone that now contains Enugu East and Enugu West senatorial districts had produced governours within the individuals of Jim Nwobodo and my father, C.C Onoh within the then Anambra State.
The Abakaliki zone was, due to this fact, prevailed upon to appoint a deputy governor with the understanding that it’s going to rotate to the Abakliki zone after Nsukka and again to the Enugu zone thereafter. they didn’t know that the army thought in any other case, after which democracy was truncated. Do not forget that leaders of those three zones have been distinguished within the wrestle for the creation of the proposed Wawa state, which was later named Enugu state.
On the resume of democratic governance once more, in 1999, Abakaliki zone had turn out to be Ebonyi state and the rest of the previous Enugu state (Enugu and Nsukka zones) have been subdivided into three senatorial districts because the 1999 structure demanded and part of Nsukka zone (Is-uzo) was carved out along with Enugu-Ngwo to hitch Nike and Nkanu native authorities councils to kind Enugu east senatorial zone; whereas Udi and Agwu areas grew to become Enugu west senatorial zone and Enugu north senatorial zone grew to become the unique protect of the six native authorities councils within the previous Nsukka zone.
At the moment my father C.C Onoh, Nwobodo and Nwodo who represents the three senatorial districts agreed to recommence the sooner established zoning from Enugu east senatorial zone after which the opposite two zones may have their turns and the roation will proceed within the like method.
Subsequently, I would like to set my very own information power and otherwise from the rotation analogy credited to my good buddy and brother, Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who was reported to have rearranged the governorship trajectory of the current Enugu state. The distinguished senator was reported to have recreated the previous Anambra and previous Enugu states when Senator Jim Nwobodo, Chief C.C Onoh, and Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo emerged governors, which must be distinct from the current dialogue of Enugu state, ranging from 1999 as baseline.
Probably the most distinguished senator Ike Ekweremadu, in all probability forgot that Chief CC Onoh belonged to the Udi division within the Enugu senatorial zone of the previous Anambra state that comprised even the current Aninri native authorities space. For emphasis, the current Enugu state was made up of solely two senatorial zones, which have been Enugu and Nsukka senatorial zones. I, due to this fact, contemplate it embarrassing for anyone to quote Senator Jim Nwobodo and Chief C.C Onoh as former governors of Enugu state when in the actual sense of it Enugu state was not created at these occasions. Associating my father C.C Onoh and Nwobodo and even Nwodo with the governorship of the current Enugu state, due to this fact, diminishes the excessive accomplishments which these statesmen earned of their period.
His Excellency Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo was the governor of Anambra state, similar as Chief Christian Chukwuma Chukwuma Onoh, who succeeded Nwobodo in 1983 when a lot of the current political actors in Enugu state weren’t there. These males have been at their time Governors of Anambra, Enugu, and components of Ebonyi states. It must be famous that the benchmark for the current argumentative tour is Enugu state of 1996 and never Anambra state of 1979 and 1983. The identical waiver goes to the administration of Dr Okwesileze Nwodo, who was governor of previous Enugu State, together with components of Ebonyi state in 1991.
Come to think about it these three former governors had very transient stints as governors whose administrations have been truncated by the army interjections and so they by no means had a full course as within the current dispensation the place every senatorial district of the current Enugu state have had full eight years of two phrases every and must restart the circle of political inclusion for peace, lodging and sense of belonging.
Probing this path, the Distinguished Senator ike Ekweremadu whom I maintain in highest esteem would have recognized that Nsukka is probably the most shortchanged associate within the current Enugu state political chessboard. He must have recognized that Nwobodo, C C Onoh, Sullivan Chime belong to the previous Enugu district whereas Nwodo and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi got here from the Nsukka leg of the current Enugu state. The place then lays the fairness and equity when part of Nsukka (Isi-Uzo) was taken by fiat to make up the Enugu zone, which additional diminished the previous Nsukka zone. Unusually, I simply learnt in regards to the point out of 4 cultural zones within the state, which has by no means been a base for allocation of the current political places of work.
Within the case of Chief C.C Onoh, my father, until his demise, voted on the Ekeani-Ngwo polling unit within the current Udi native authorities of Enugu state. Subsequently, the late sage belonged to Enugu East senatorial district and it could not do any good to the emancipator of the Wawa individuals and a founding father of Enugu state who was solely given two months governorship to be given a false narrative. My father, due to this fact, belonged to Udi within the current Enugu West senatorial district and never Enugu East senatorial district. To corroborate this truth, the Nkanu individuals of the current Enugu East senatorial district supported Jim Nwobodo apart from my father C.C Onoh whom they noticed as a Udi man within the 1983 election that threw up my father as Governor of the previous Anambra state.
Though the zoning of governorship in Enugu state was not written, it serves the curiosity of the individuals for inclusiveness and participation in governance. There have been governors of the state who wouldn’t have tolerated the current divisive pursuits, however it may well solely happen beneath Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who gives free speech, liberal democracy and rule of regulation. Historical past will nonetheless not be form to us if we watched with out doing something to permit the norms established upturned on the altar of political extremism.
There’s a want to provide credit score to the opposite proponents of rotation and fairness such because the late Chief Polycarp Nwite, late Dr Offia Nwali, Chief Mgbada, Retired Justice Emma Odanwu of Ebonyi state who later gained the battle for the creation of Ebonyi state and have been nice politicians of their time. The late Chief Charles Abangwu of Nsukka, my late father Chief C.C Onoh and another dwelling and departed legends, I’m positive would have abhorred the current quest for political relevance and hooliganism that’s presently threatening to destroy the labours and tenets established by these founding fathers of Wawa states. I’ve additionally examine one other current zoning association agreed upon in the course of the tenure of HE, Sullivan Chime and never being a witness or participant I can neither remark nor contribute however on grounds of integrity imagine the narration of HE. Okwesilieze Nwodo as a result of he was one of many main and originating foundations which the zoning association was initiated and agreed upon in the course of the build-up to his election in 1991.
Analyzing the imperatives of zoning in Enugu brings to thoughts the Isi-uzo delicate marketing campaign for fairness and justice for it to supply the following governor of the state in 2023. Wanting on the travails of Isi-uzo, the council space ought to not less than be allowed to supply the following senator of the Enugu East senatorial zone. to appease its years of political relegation. Enugu north native authorities which has all of the whereas fathered the state is one other council in Enugu state that must be given first-line consideration in all the current agitations and considerations for fairness within the distribution of the political positions. And be allowed to supply the following governor of Enugu state or Senator to symbolize Enugu East senatorial district.
Most individuals are inclined to overlook that Enugu-Ngwo and Ogui nike by order 10 of 1938 was declared a impartial zone, however right this moment individuals have conscripted the crown colony into no matter partition that massages their ego. Let it nonetheless be famous that on the finish of the day, when the chips are down, the governor of Enugu, HE. Rt.hon Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, regardless of his meekness and liberalism, stays the numero uno and a deciding think about all these disputes.
The situations of governorship efficiency in Enugu and different states comparable to in Anambra and Ikwa-Ibom states which have adopted the route of governorship mentoring, had no one to appease since they have been mentored by their predecessors. They quite centered on governance than appeasing supporters and people they ran to for crowning as Chief Executives.
Let’s not be deceived by social media euphoria, which provides individuals a unique actuality from what exists, political debates, and many others. All these are only for leisure for all politics is native and I guarantee everybody that claims to know Gburugburu that he’s domestically and very internally grounded in native politics and to win him and his successor come 2023 by any opposition regardless of any angle they’re coming from will likely be political suicide.
I shall proceed to carry each Sen. Ike Ekweremadu and Sen. Ken Nnamani within the highest esteemed for placing Enugu state on the globe as the one state to have produced a Senate president and deputy senate president, certainly they’re actually nice sons of Enugu state whereas additionally appreciating HE, Sen. JIM NWOBODO, HE. Okwesilieze Nwodo for that preliminary help that ushered HE. Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani, whom with out his contribution, these proud sons of Enugu state wouldn’t have glittered like a brilliant star to the pleasure of Enugu state.
Immediately, the best credit score goes to HE, Rt. Hon Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi whose peaceable, calm and tolerant nature and all-inclusive political opinions allowed each opposition and supporters alike to co-exist peacefully in Enugu state right this moment providing equal safety to all. My fellow WAWA and particularly all politicians of Enugu state, I say, “The aim of Historical past is to chronicle the file of occasions ” Behold your historical past and you’ll then determine who’s telling the reality about zoning “