Sen. Emma Nwaka, a Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) governorship aspirant, has said that equity should serve as a yardstick for electing the next governor of Abia.
Nwaka, a one time Chairman of PDP in Abia and a native of Isiukwuato in Abia North senatorial zone, said this on Tuesday, during the inauguration of his Campaign Office in Umuahia.
According to him, it was wrong for the arrangement of equity, established by the founding fathers of the state, to take the back burner in the polity of the state.
Nwaka said that the application of equity was significant in facilitating of growth and development in every part of the state as well as giving everyone true sense of belonging.
He said:”We have since the inception of the state proven our worth by contributing to the making of Abia what it is now; but no native of Isiukwuato has had the opportunity to be governor of Abia.
“It is not right for the agreement on equity by our founding fathers to be down played now that it is considered the turn of Isiukwuato area to produce the next governor of Abia.”
Nwaka said that the resolve of state leadership of PDP to zone the Abia governorship ticket to Abia North and Central senatorial zones could be considered as not in line with equity.
He said that PDP had not failed to uphold the tenets of unity and peace as it had the issue of rotation of office and positions written in its constitution.
Nwaka said that the national leadership of PDP had clearly stated that zoning pattern should be applied by the party at all levels.
He said that the resolution of the state leadership of the party would not deter him in his aspiration to become the next governor of Abia.
Nwaka promised to uphold the principles of good governance; if he emerges as the governor of Abia and added that the “youths would be the cornerstone of his administration”.
In a remark, Chief Enyinnaya Ubani, a PDP stalwart,said that recent development in Abia had shown that people understood equity differently.
Ubani said that reactions thad trailed the Abia PDP’s resolution on the zoning of the governorship ticket to Abia North and South senatorial zone and expressed confidence that in due time the people of Abia would understand true equity.
Also, Mr Chinonyerem Uwadinjo, a former Treasurer of PDP in Abia, described the aspirant as a peaceful man and a silent achiever that had the capacity to pilot the affairs of the state.
Uwadinjo urged the people of Abia to support him to become the next governor of Abia, adding that he would live up to expectation.