2023: Ex-Senate President, Wabara Reveals Why PDP May Lose Abia
A former Senate President, Dr. Adolphus Wabara, has disclosed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might lose Abia State if it tampers with the zoning arrangement in the state.
Speaking with newsmen in Umuahia Monday, Wabara stated that the next governor should come from Abia North where it started from in 1999 or from Ukwa clan.
The Secretary, Board of Trustees of the PDP added that anything short of allowing power to come to Ukwa or rotate back to Abia North in 2023 would spell doom for the party.
He stated the PDP might lose the state to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) if another Ngwa man tries to succeed the incumbent governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, who is also a native of Ngwa.
He said: “If Ukwa clan should not be considered because it belongs to Abia South Senatorial zone where power currently resides, then power should move back to Abia North where it started from in 1999.
“Anything short of allowing power to come to Ukwa or rotate back to Abia North in 2023 would spell doom for the PDP.”
Wabara also advised the state chapter of the party to also set up a committee on zoning so as not to jeopardise its electoral fortunes in 2023.
He said: “Zoning is an integral part of the PDP. The Abia State PDP should learn from our national leadership and respect zoning. Our party shall not be doing the right thing at the centre and here somebody will be acting with impunity.
“No single person has the authority to decide the next governor of the state. The party caucus, elders and stakeholders will have to meet.
“I am saying this because of my love for our great party, which of course enjoys large followership in Abia. But if the PDP leadership doesn’t do the right thing, the party will get protest vote in 2023.
“Abians will vote the PDP 85% but if the governorship ticket is not ceded to Ukwa or Abia North in line with power rotation arrangement, there will be a protest vote.
“Abia is not ready for Ngwa back to back thing. What they are doing now is exactly why the PDP lost Plateau State to the APC in 2015. Ukwa or Abia North should produce Ikpeazu’s successor.”