Jan. 5, 2014
By Amuda Emmanuel
Thanks to Mr President for intervening in the Ekiti PDP issues for selecting a candidate through consensus before it’s too late, but selecting the candidate for the Ekiti PDP without any dissenting voice among all the aspirants, leaders, members of the party and supporters. PDP should select the candidate from Ekiti South Senatorial District, which catches the interest of the majority of Ekiti democrats has not since the creation of the state on october 1,1996 by late General Sani Abacha, and Nigeria’s return to democracy, produced a governor.
It is not new to all, that the two zones (Ekiti Central and North) has been controlling the power and affairs of the state for 14 years now.
Otunba Niyi Adebayo (Ekiti Central) 1999-2003
Mr Ayo Fayose (Ekiti Central) 2003-2006
Engr Segun Oni (Ekiti North). 2007-2010
Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti North) 2010-till date.
There is no better time for Ekiti South Senatorial District to show their prowess of governance in the state than now.
It is true that zoning of the office of the President or Governor is not in Nigeria constitution, but it is evidently stated in the constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) so as to ensure equity in the distribution of powers. I refer to the PDP constitution, Article 7 subsection 2(c) which stated that,” in pursuance of the principle of Equity, Justice and Fairness, the party shall adhere to the policy of ROTATION and ZONING of party and public offices and it shall be enforced by the appropriate executive committee at all levels.” (PDP constitution,1999).
Therefore, it must be stated point-blank here that there is zoning and rotation every where, right from the National level through the various states to Local Government areas and electoral wards arrangements across the country. That is why we have the state Chairman of the party from the North Senatorial District and the Minister represents Ekiti state from Central Senatorial District.
The party constitution provides for the rotation of the officers to the National, State and local characters of geo-political areas in the country. This is to ensure that the various posts and positions go round all the geo-political locations for equity and Fairness. Therefore, no side must feel cheated and unjustly outwitted.
Ekiti people, especially PDP SWC, PDP NWC, and the Consensus Committee members selected to produce a candidate, should promote peace and stability, fairness and equity, that are needed to encourage, support and endorse the array of qualified governorship candidates from Ekiti South extraction. It is not necessarily because there are no better candidates elsewhere who might have strong disposition for the development of the zone, but because it has become absolutely necessary to include all sides of our great state in governorship arrangement.
Finally, if PDP is ready to win the Forthcoming governorship election, the PDP SWC, PDP NWC, and the Committee constituted for consensus to select the candidate should do what is right by accepting the demand of the Ekiti South Senatorial District to achieve equity, justice, and Fairness in the polity.
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