By Chuks Ehirim
The silent war brewing in the Enugu State chapter of the ruling Peoples Demorcatic Party[PDP], has continued to gather momentum, as a group of stakeholders known as the Enugu Unity Forum, Abuja, has thrown its weight behind the state governor’s declaration last year, that the governorship seat in the state will shift to Enugu North Senatorial District [Nsukka Zone].
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the forum said only strict adherence to the principle of rotation of the governorship seat in the state can guarantee justice, equity and fair play as well as reduce bickering among the three Senatorial Districts in the state
To this end, the forum has commended Governor Sullivan Chime for his declaration on May 29th last year that power in the state would shift to Enugu North Senatorial District of the state, the only zone that has not produced a governor in the current democratic dispensation.
The forum which met in Abuja before the briefing, told journalists that since the governor made the declaration, tension associated with the clamour for governorship shift in the state has been put to rest, enjoining all stakeholders in the state to work in line with Governor Chime’s declaration.
The Forum’s Chairman, Barrister Emeka Ugwu, noted that only compliance to the principle of rotation can guarantee continued unity in the state as well as smooth and peaceful transition and eliminate bickering among citizens.
Barrister Ugwu maintained that for the wishes and aspiration of the entire Enugu people to be respected, the Enugu North Senatorial District should be allowed to produce the next governor of the state.
While commending the governor for his unprecedented infrastructural development in the coal city state, he urged him to ensure that only a person capable of exceeding his giant strides would succeed him.
Ugwu called on all citizens of the state working to dismantle the arrangement to desist from any action that would destabilize the unity of the state.
It could be recalled that Senator Chimaroke Nnamani who ruled the state for eight years at the beginning of this dispensation in 1999 hailed from Enugu East while the current Governor hails from Enugu West alongside the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremmadu who is purportedly making plans to succeed the governor.
It was gathered that the decision to zone the governorship slot in the state to Enugu North, was actually taken at the meeting of stakeholders in the state sometime last year. A source who was at the meeting, told this reporter, that almost all the PDP bigwigs in the state, including the current Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, were present at the meeting were the decision was taken .
Ekweremadu and his supporters are said not to be comfortable with that decision and have been fighting to get it reversed. The political fate of the Deputy Senate President is said to be hanging in the balance as the state governor, Chime, is also plotting to edge him out of the Senate, come 2015.
Already, the war between Governor Chime and Ekweremadu has claimed some casualties in Udi Local Government Area[ where Chime hails from],where the PDP Chairman in the local government, recently suspended four of the governor’s top functionaries, from the party.
By Chuks Ehirim