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Zoning promotes mediocrity, ethnicity, says guber aspirant

A two – time governorship candidate under the platforms of
Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) and the Progressive Peoples
Alliance ( PPA ) in Akwa Ibom State, Larry Esin, has criticised
zoning arrangement for governorship seat, maintaining that
the system will further polarise the state.
Apart from the ethnic division that the system generates, Esin
said it also encourages mediocrity, as governorship aspirants
are only restricted to certain ethnic group or senatorial
districts .
Esin , a PDP governorship aspirant and indigene of Akwa Ibom
South Senatorial District , where the 2015 governorship
position is being zoned to , made this accession in Oron on
Monday in an interview with our correspondent.
He frowned that in the last seven years, ethnicity has eaten
so deep into the fabrics of the state and maintained that it
will be the responsibility of the next administration to
reconcile the various ethnic groups in Akwa Ibom .
“ Zoning perpetuates ethnic division. Today , an Annang man
becomes governor and he believes he was elected governor
because he is from Annang and he pays attention to
developing that area of the state and the people.
“ Similarly , if an Oron man , who believes in ethnic politics ,
also comes up , he will also put all his efforts in developing
Oron ethnic nationality . This concept will be atop of any new
governor ’s agenda .
“ At the end of the day , there is going to be disparities in the
level of development across the state. This is why initially I
said I am not in support of zoning as an individual.
“ But as it is, I will follow the policy of my party . Believe me ,
zoning has only a short – term benefit for any society. After
some of us have served as governor , I am sure the race will
be open for everybody .
“ The damage zoning will have caused as a result of
imbalances in the distribution of infrastructure is going to be
immense . It is worthy of note that a particular governor may
not perform well because he does not have the support of the
state House of Assembly . ”

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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