The Peoples Democratic Party in Delta State has said that it has not zoned the governorship of the state to Delta North Senatorial zone, home of the Anioma people.
The State Secretary of the party, Chief Solomon Ogba, disclosed this on Sunday in Asaba when one of the Governorship aspirants, Chief Kenneth Gbagi, visited to intimate the party about his aspiration.
Gbagi, who has been contesting the governorship of the state since 1999 hails from Delta Central, which produced Chief James Ibori as governor from 1999 to 2007.
Ogba said had the party zoned the governorship, they would not be in Asaba to receive governorship aspirants from other senatorial zones like Gbagi and Chief Godsday Orubebe, who is from Delta South, where the present governor hails from.
Delta North, which is the aboriginal home of the Anioma, the Igbo ethnic group in the old Western Region is yet to produce the governor of the state. The people have canvassed that since the two other zones have produced the governor in the past, the next one should come from Anioma, equitably.
Gbagi, who came with kolanuts and drinks to present to the state executive committee of the PDP, said he was the best man for the job of governor.
He said the issue of zoning did not arise in the state because every zone had in the past contested the governorship and it cannot now be said that zoning is an existing factor in Delta politics.
“All I am seeking is, please, give me your support to use my experience, strength and contacts to develop Delta State. I do not know of any other candidate that has a better stake in the state than I have,” Gbagi said.