‘Zoning breeds mediocrity’


A former member of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Mrs. Maria Nwachi, has called for the jettisoning of zoning policy in elections because it breeds ‘mediocrity’.

Mrs. Nwachi, who represented Afikpo North/East Constituency from 2015 to 2019, stated this yesterday in an interview.

She said: “I m personally and completely against zoning. I have always been against zoning as I equate it with mediocrity. I will support anyone whom I believe has the capacity to win the election and lead us effectively.

“I would not care where they come from. I am reminded that every zone has taken its turn, and so the governorship can start from anywhere in 2023. But even if it were not so, I will still want the best to clinch the position no matter where they come from.”

Mrs. Nwachi, who also backed the governorship ambition of Ifeanyichukwu Odii, a Lagos-based businessman, said the state needs a vibrant leader like Odii ‘because he would be the best thing to happen to the state in 2023’.

She described Odii as a service-oriented leader ‘who is untainted by the present corrupt political system in the country’.

“It is rare to see someone who has emerged from outside the system. I knew nothing about politics when I was elected, I went in and served and served and even forgot to serve myself. I practice service politics, and we are highly likely to be blessed with a governor with the same mindset in the person of Ifeanyichukwu Odii.

“I honestly see Odii as Maria on speed, Maria at the highest level possible. So you can imagine what will happen. It seems too good to be true that we are going to get such a governor; but it is very possible and then Ebonyi will rejoice,” she added.

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