By Udemba-Asika and Lawrence Nwimo
Community leaders and stakeholders, under the umbrella, Federation of Old Nnewi Division (FOND), have reaffirmed their support for the zoning arrangement in Anambra political system and further demanded that the 2021 governorship position be zoned to Anambra South senatorial zone.
The group stated this, over the weekend, during general stakeholders meeting held at the palace of the Nnewi monarch, Igwe Kenneth Onyeneke Orizu III.
For equity, fairness and justice, the group called on all political parties to give more attention to credible aspirants from old Nnewi Division during primaries. This measure, according to the non-partisan, sociocultural group, will ensure that equity and fair play prevailed.
Speaking at the meeting attended by the presidents general and other key stakeholders, the national president of FOND, Dr Jude A. P. Okolo, emphasised that the people of the area were being marginalised in the governance of the state, emphasising that old Nnewi Division had remained the goose that lays the golden egg.
He stated that the people of old Nnewi were not happy over calls by some sections of the state to discontinue the zoning adopted to ensure equity, justice and fair play in the management of affairs of the state and to minimise the overheating of the polity during elections.
Okolo noted that the group was purely non-partisan since membership cut across political lines and included non-politicians ready to support any political party that would hearken to the cry of the zone in delivering equity, justice and fair play by presenting their governorship flag bearers from old Nnewi Division.
The group said they had been sensitising their people and also raising their political consciousness since 2015, adding that they didn’t have any anointed candidate from any party but that their main agenda remained that Old Nnewi should produce the next governor of the state.