2025: No zoning agreement in Anambra, it’s APGA arrangement- Paul Chukwuma


A former National Auditor of the All Progressives Congress and the Pro-Chancellor of Olivia University, Burundi, Paul Chukwuma, has insisted that there is no political arrangement which zoned the Anambra 2025 governorship position to any area, arguing that zoning is a creation of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance to retain power in Anambra.

Chukwuma stated this during his various interactions with the leadership of the state chapter of the APC at his country home in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state, on Saturday.

He described the consultations as a move to bolster the APC in Anambra State and energise it for the work ahead in the state governorship election in 2025.

He said, “Since the creation of Anambra State in 1991, every governorship election in the state has been contested by qualified indigenes of the state, irrespective of the political zone.


“Even in 2013, when they claimed zoning began, candidates from all zones contested that election. In 2017, the same scenario was repeated, and everyone contested. For anyone to argue that zoning exists in Anambra is simply aiming to pursue a narrow personal agenda.

“What I discovered after careful analysis is that zoning was created by APGA to destabilise other political parties, and this is why no one has ever defeated them. Zoning is a natural advantage to APGA, after all, it is more logical to allow a poorly performing governor to do his final term as a governor than allow a new person from the same zone who is promising to do just a year with no legal implications if they don’t.

“To buttress my point that zoning is an APGA strategy, you need to compare the results in all elections APGA participated in before their zoning strategy. In 2011, APGA needed to conjecture some magic to win. In 2013, they introduced zoning, and that competitiveness in Anambra began to disappear.

“In 2017, former Governor Willie Obiano won all the 21 LGAs in Anambra. In 2021, Soludo won all, but one LGA in the state. There is no question about this. To win APGA, you need a candidate who falls outside of their zoning strategy.”

He urged APC members in Anambra to take charge and reassert the superior argument of the party wherever they are in Anambra, urging them not to be scared of showcasing the party.

He argued that the APC remains a necessary vehicle for the development of the South-East

“Governance is about ideas. Ideas are not exclusive to any zone at any point, hence in the search for functional leadership for our dear state, we have no business limiting these ideas, especially as we are in dire need of workable homegrown solutions that will quell insecurity and entrench prosperity in our state,” he added.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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