Anambra north traditional rulers warn against zoning 2021 governorship

Igbariam (Anambra), March 22, 2020 The Anambra North Traditional Rulers’ Council has warmed political parties fielding candidates for the 2021 governorship election in the state against zoning the position to any senatorial district.

HRM Igwe Nkeli-Nzekwe Kelly, traditional ruler of Igbariam community and patron, Anambra North Traditional Rulers’ Council gave the warning at his palace shortly after the meeting of the council in Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area, Anambra on Sunday.

The traditional rulers’ position might be in reaction to recent media reports that some leaders in Anambra had endorsed the zoning of next year’s governorship position to Anambra South district.

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He said that zoning the position might be inimical as it might lead to bickering and other activities which could affect peace, security and development of the state.

Kelly said though the royal fathers are not involved in partisan politics their decision on the matter was to nip in the bud obvious danger such political decision might portend for the state.

“My opinion and that of my colleagues is that there should be nothing like zoning of governorship position by political parties in Anambra by 2021 because it will be wrong that some parties will claim that they have zoned the position to a particular zone and yet allow people from other zones to contest.

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“Doing this might cause the state some level of political crisis which obviously could affect the present development, peace and tranquility in our state,’’ he said.

He said as traditional rulers, all the people aspiring for the seat are our subjects, noting “ we are not for or against any person or political party, all we want is flawless process and the best person as governor.’’

Also speaking, HRM Igwe Anthony Onyekwere, of Owerre Community, said the royal father were only interested in seeing a credible candidate who acceptable to the people and as well willing to partner the federal government in development of the state.

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Onyekwere, the deputy chairman of Anambra North Traditional Rulers’ Council said the state was desirous of one with the love of the state and nation who could equitably manage the resources of Anambra as the next governor.

On his part, HRM Igwe Alex Edozieuno of Mpunando Aguleri Otu, called on politicians to play the game with caution and ensure they recognize the place of traditional rulers especially on peace and security of their areas.