BreakingNews 18/10/14 - Theo Nkire says Power should shift to Abia-South in 2015

[ Masterweb Reports: Gbenga Akinfenwa Interviews Mr. Theo Nkire ] - The burning need to promote harmony, ensure equity, fairness, and justice are some of the reasons Abia South senatorial zone should produce the next governor of Abia State in 2015. The president of Ukwa-Ngwa Professionals in Abia South, Mr. Theo Nkire stated this in an interview with Gbenga Akinfenwa. Nkire, the first Attorney-General of Abia wants the governor to come from Ukwa-Ngwa community. He says power shift is normal and natural in power sharing politics.
 
WHY has the Ukwa-Ngwa Professionals been silent on where the next governor of the state should come from?
 
It is not true.  Ukwa-Ngwa people have remained united and determined in their quest for an Abia governor of Ukwa-Ngwa extraction in 2015.  This is not to say there will not be dissenting voices.  There surely will be.  For example, there may be people to whom Ukwa-Ngwa interest is synonymous with self-interest.  Such people are for Ukwa-Ngwa governor in 2015 provided they are the candidates.  If they are not the candidates, then no Ukwa-Ngwa governor. Such people abound in every community and the Ukwa-Ngwa nation has her fair share of them.  Luckily for us they constitute a very negligible minority; but even as we speak, we are still wooing them to our side. We have no reason to antagonise them.  After all, this is a democracy and they are entitled to their opinion. 
 
We at Ukwa-Ngwa Professionals are at the forefront of the movement for the actualisation of the dream.  We lead the way even though a large majority of our members are from Abia Central.  They agree that what is fair is fair.  They understand it and they agree that power should shift to Abia South. Such is the nature of our struggle. 
 
Why are so many Ngwa people opposed to the governorship being zoned to Abia South Senatorial District?
 
So many?  It is not true.  They are not many.  They are very few; a negligible few.  To be fair to them, quite a good number of those who at first were fizzled by the announcement are now back in our fold.  They now understand that it is only fair for power to shift to Abia South.  Do not forget that these are very intelligent people.  As the days go by, we shall continue to plead with them and I am confident that before the party primaries, we shall all be singing with one voice again.  Such is the beauty of democracy; you must respect those who disagree with you today for they may be your greatest supporters and allies tomorrow.  All our people are coming together.  We are not sleeping.  We are working very hard to bring all dissenting voices back.  
 
Some have argued that the division among Ngwa people on zoning could cost Ukwa-Ngwa the governorship.
 
No, it cannot.  Ngwa people have never been as united as they are on the issue.
 
Why then is there confusion among Ngwa people about the zoning?
 
There is no confusion.  It is not easy to build a consensus.
 
How could the Abia Charter of Equity which pre-dated the creation of the state ,still be relevant to 2015? 
 
The beauty of the Charter is that it is eternal; it is forever.  It is founded on equity, justice and fairness. So it can never grow old. This is because a cardinal principle of justice is fairness and as you know, equity follows the law. It is and so shall it remain for generations to generations.  Fairness and justice are the guiding principles of all relationships; whether it is between spouses or friends, communities or nations what is fair is fair.
 
Those opposed to zoning say it is unconstitutional, undemocratic. Is zoning of political offices peculiar to Abia State?
 
Zoning is not peculiar to Abia.  The governorship position in 2015 has been zoned in Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and Ebonyi, indeed, in almost all the states of the federation. More recently, at a meeting with the President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, Adamawa PDP leaders reached an agreement and zoned the governor in 2015 to Adamawa Central. 
 
Why is zoning important for the 2015 governorship race in Abia State?
 
Zoning is important because zoning is fair; zoning is just and zoning is equity.  Zoning will reassure the people of Abia South that they truly belong; that they are not second class citizens.  Abia North has been governor.  Abia Central has been governor. Why not Abia South.  Equality is equity!
 
Zoning will bring harmony. Zoning will bring more understanding. Zoning will bring peace to Abia people.
 
Fears abound that zoning could deny the race of quality candidates.
 
What a shame! Those who say so do not know the stuff of which Ukwa-Ngwa people are made.  Here is a short list of what we offer Abia people and indeed, the Nigerian people:
 
Does Governor T. A. Orji still support the ambition of Abia South producing the next governor?
 
Governor Oji is a gentleman.  He is solid in his resolve to support Abia South. There are no doubts about his determination to ensure equity, fairness and justice in this matter. Those who doubt his resolve are unfair to him. As recently as August 27, during the Abia Day celebration, he repeated his support for Abia South to produce the governor in 2015 in line with equity, fairness and justice. We salute his steadfastness.
 
How is Abia South generating support for its cause in 2015?
 
We cannot reveal our strategy on the pages of newspapers. Be sure that we are winning more support as Abia people understand the principles of equity, fairness and justice.
 
*Photo Caption - Mr. Theo Nkire 
 
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