Former General Manager of Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA), Hon. Okechukwu Apugo, has cautioned politicians in the state to respect zoning arrangement for the rotation of power in 2023. Apugo said that “power rotation is sacrosanct and must be respected by all political parties and aspirants in line with the Abia Charter of Equity.” He spoke on the heels of comments by some politicians who said Abia State governor in 2023 would not be determined by zoning.
Apugo, however, maintained that power had rotated among all three senatorial zones in accordance with the spirit of Abia Charter of Equity and should not be disrupted, counseling those interested in the governorship position to wait for their own turn as equity demanded that power should return to Abia North come 2023 in the interest of peace and brotherhood.
According to Apugo, greedy and selfish politicians should not truncate the prevailing peace in the state as Abia youths would vigorously resist imposition in 2023, declaring that the era of godfatherism was gone. “We won’t allow any attempt by anybody to impose himself or crony on the state. Zoning must be respected and candidates must emerge through due process irrespective of their political parties,” Apugo said.