A former Senate President, Mr. Ken Nnamani, has said there is no room for succession crisis regarding the choice of a replacement for the incumbent governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sullivan Chime.
Against the background of an alleged brewing face-off between Chime and some other prominent leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Nnamani said as far as the 2015 governorship election was concerned, the state had a well programmed succession plan which has zoned the position to the people of Enugu North.
The former Senate President who is an indigene of Enugu State, told journalists in an interview that the controversy surrounding the 2015 governorship election in Enugu State had been settled following a reconciliatory meeting held among PDP stakeholders, with a consensus that power should shift to Enugu North senatorial zone.
“Enugu State does not seem to have any succession problem because we have a conventional understanding that after Enugu East completed its eight years tenure, power would shift to Enugu West, which was the case and now after Enugu West, it is only proper that the governorship power should go to Enugu North. It is not written anywhere but it is conventional,” Nnamani said.
When reminded of reports of PDP being polarised between Ekweremadu and the governor because of the agitation on who takes what, Nnamani said though there had been discussions concerning the power sharing formular ahead of the 2015 general election, he was not aware of any polarisation.
“It is only proper that it should go to Enugu North. It is not written anywhere but it is conventional. Why do we do this? We localise the competition. For Enugu North Senatorial District, the problem of who becomes governor is localised there and therefore it cuts down the cost of having to campaign, run around and all those things. Can you see the wisdom behind that? I think we are observing it and we seem to have no problem,” he said.
“I don’t like to discuss individuals, but I can tell you that there is no polarisation in Enugu State because I have access to Ekweremadu, I have access to the Governor and we are talking. We have had our first meeting and we will still have meetings as time goes on. We don’t have succession problem in Enugu State,” the former senate president stressed.
He dismissed the allegation of threat on the lives of those who want to contest against the wish of Governor Sullivan Chime, saying, “I am not aware of any threat at all, the days of threats, to me, are gone. We don’t have such things now. I am not aware of any threats at all”, he stressed.
The politics of the south eastern states has witnessed some up-beat in recent times following pronouncement by Governor Chime that his successor would come from Enugu North, specifically Nsukka zone.
Enugu State has had three civilian governors since its creation including Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo (Nsuka zone), Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu East zone) and currently, Chime from Enugu West zone.