Zoning of governorship position in Cross River excludes the best from the race and drags the State backward, a socio-political group, Niger Delta Youth Network for Peace and Development, (NDYNPD) has said.
Addressing Journalists on the disadvantage of zoning, the National coordinator of the group, Sylvester Okpo, who was flanked by officials of the group submitted that though zoning is a gentleman arrangement for fairness, it was sacrificing good governance and keeping people in perpetual bondage.
His words: “We have watched with keen interest the political and administrative evolution in Cross River state since 1999 and we have come to a conclusion that the problem bedevilling our growth and development is the error of always zoning the governorship position to a particular senatorial district.
“While we believed that zoning will bring about equity and fairness to the people, zoning has sacrificed quality representation, and administrative competence at the altar of gold.
“Zoning is implanted in the mind of Cross Riverians that governance and administration is for the good of a particular zone at a particular time thereby destroying the sense of unity and oneness in project Cross River.
“Zoning has brought and encouraged administrative incompetence while destroying the belief in integrity, hard work, pedigree and purposeful leadership which should be standard in electing people into office,” he stated.
The Youth group appealed to all Cross River people “to reject and resist the idea of zoning the governorship position to any senatorial zone for any reason whatsoever,” and advocated that “the governorship ticket is left open for all qualifies members to contest”
He believed that when zoning is thrown to trash can, politicians would “treats Cross River as a project that must be achieved and not a zone of a particular set of people.”