By Sleek Ogwo
Initially i tried very hard to restrain myself from joining issues with my friend Hon Ginger Onwusibe who in recent times seems overtly desirous of misleading Abians into believing that past elections in our state have been the result of some zoning arrangement. My reluctance in creating a rejoinder is based on Governor Ikpeazu’s assertion that he doesn’t want to be distracted by the politics of 2023 in 2020.But I am constrained by the buzz created within the media space by Ginger’s naked dance macabre prompted by apparent political naivety to correct some erroneous insinuations and innuendoes canvassed by his recent rantings. It is the bible that says that people perish for lack of knowledge. While not denying Hon Ginger the right for a double dose of self delusion and political amnesia at the same time, I get worried when relatively unschooled masons attempt to build brick castles on quicksand.
For the avoidance of doubt it is false to insinuate that the emergence of both Dr Orji Uzor Kalu and Chief T. A .Orji respectively in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 was the outcome of zoning.For the umpteen time it is pertinent to reaffirm that prior to the 2015 election there was no restriction of contested of the office of governor in Abia state to any block, be it geopolitical or zonal. The practice was to throw the contest open for all sides to participate. This is why Dr Kalu had to slug it out with such candidates as the Akpaambato Aba born Arc. Dan Nwambeze Nwankwo for the PDP ticket in 1999. Ofcourse he had to overcome opposition from the Obingwa born Enyinnaya Abaribe who tried to stop him from being re-elected by contesting with the ticket of ANPP.
The contest was again thrown open during the reign of Chief T.A Orji as Chief Reagan Ufomba, Comrade Chris Akomas and Pst Paul Ikonne all from the Ngwa block where allowed to test their political strength against the incumbent governor during the 2011 election.
It will therefore smack of nothing but political masturbation for Ginger a serving law maker to ‘insist’ that governorship of Abia state be ceded to the Ngwa block on the basis of an imagined and illusioned zoning arrangement that his own people have never adhered to from the very beginning. As a law maker my friend understands the maxim that says ‘he that comes to equity must come with clean hands’. What if Senator Abaribe of ANPP had defeated Dr Kalu of PDP in 2003 or suppose Comrade Chris Akomas of PPA had routed out Chief T.A Orji of PDP in 2011?
Somebody should please advise Hon Ginger and his co-travelers in this unprofitable political escapade that any house built on quicksand cannot stand.
Sleek Ogwo writes from Umuahia.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.