By Chris Nnaji
The build up to the 2023 Governoship election in Enugu State had taken off in full gears until the activities of unknown gunmen and general insecurity stepped in to reduce the tempo..
Yet, the debate has continued over which zone should produce the governor.
The rallies by the different groups has ended with the people of Enugu East Zone seemingly favoured based on the zoning system.
The leader of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has not spoken but his body language suggests he me will abide by the existing zoning formular.
Coming home to Enugu East Zone there have been schemings and permutations over which of the six local governments should get the nod to produce the candidate for the PDP.
Going by fairness, and also in the spirit of rotation, three local governments, Nkanu East, Enugu East, and Isi-uzo stand out because they have never tasted the position.
Enugu South Local Government had produced Chief Jim Nwobodo, Enugu North – Late Chief C.C Onoh and Senator Chimaraoke Nnamani, Nkanu West.
Also, Nkanu East has never produced a Senator. Currently, the both Senate and Reps resides in Nkanu West. Out of these two positions, at least Senate appear certain to remain in Nkanu West.
Enugu East and Isi-uzo are also qualified for the position but the backwardness of Nkanu East in terms of infrastructure is one that gives Nkanu East the edge.
There is need aggressive rural emancipation of the people this given them the position will help develop the area.
With the efforts of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the people are still in need of roads, bridges, electricity, schools, portable water as well as health facilities.
Someone once said that even if you give Nkanu East governor for 12 years, it’s development problems cannot be solved
This was an emphasis on the level of backwardness of the people of Nkanu West.
It is therefore my view that Nkanu people should consider the plight of their brethren in the East and give them this opportunity.
LET’S GO TO NKANU EAST
Chris Nnaji writes from London.