Abia 2015: PDP Chieftain, Monarchs On Collision Course Over Zoning

A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, Chief Charles Nwangwa, has disputed claims by the Chairman of Osisioma Ngwa Traditional Rulers’ Council, Eze Emmanuel Chiavoghilefu, that the 2015 governorship in the state had been zoned to either old Aba Province or Ukwa Ngwa.

He argued that it was the turn of Abia South Senatorial District to produce the next governor of the state, in line with the rotation arrangement of the party.

Nwangwa, who is also the leader of Ngwa Renaissance Group, told Vanguard in Lagos that since the creation of Abia State, no Ukwa Ngwa person had been governor.

He said: “People who are saying that it is not the turn of the Abia South Senatorial zone to govern the state in 2015 are conscious collaborators against the Ngwa people, which has been the bane of the Ngwa man.

“Equity, justice and fairness require that the next governorship seat goes to the Abia South senatorial zone. Abia South is now completely the Ukwa Ngwa stock. The people who have been empowered all along are the other half. We have only had a federal appointment after 44 years.

“Ukwa Ngwa has 60 percent of the population of the whole state. Also, about 90 percent of the state resources are from Ukwa-Ngwa, which has nine local government areas out of 17 in the state.

“Ngwa is the largest sub clan or sub ethnic group in Nigeria. These nine councils are seeking for Aba State. They have never held any power both in the military and civilian.”

No appointment has ever been given to the Ngwa people except one person and now Emeka Wogu.

‘’Since the creation of Abia State, no Ukwa Ngwa has ruled the state. In this fourth republic, the first governor of the state was Orji Uzo Kalu, who comes from Abia North. Currently, the governor is from Abia central, in 2015, the zoning is slated for Abia south senatorial district, which comprise of six local government areas.”

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