As preparation for the 2016 governorship election in Edo State is gathering steam, Esan Youth Movement, an umbrella body for all youths in Esan has demanded that the seat of the governor of the state be zoned to Edo Central Senatorial District to take over from Governor Adams Oshiomhole in the spirit of equity and fair play.
The group said having observed the pattern that the governorship in the state have been going since its creation among the three senatorial districts of the state, that it has come to the conclusion that since the other two districts have had their fair share of governance of at least eight years of two terms, it now behooves on the leaders of the various political parties to ensure that the central is given exclusive right to produce the next governor in line with the spirit of equity.
The youths in a press release signed by its President, Steve Amedu and Executive Secretary, Steve Okougbo, noted that though the principal of zoning and rotation of power may not have been expressly mentioned in the constitution, that the constitution still made provisions for managing such situations.
According to them, “The third schedule, part one of the constitution established the Federal Character Commission, and section 153(1)(c) established the Federal Character Commission to ensure the compliance of all organs and bodies of government and with the provisions of section 14(3) and (4), paragraph 8(1)(b) states as follows.
“In giving effect to the provisions of section 14(3) and (4) of this constitution, the Commission shall have the powers to promote, monitor and enforce compliance with the principles of proportional sharing of all bureaucratic, economic, media and political posts at all levels of government.
“This section is intended to promote unity, equity, fairness and justice, and to check predominance of persons or a majority ethnic group or sectional groups from holding on to government powers to the exclusion of other minority groups.”
While noting that Edo State like other states of the federation is divided into three senatorial districts made up of South, Central and North, the group added however that, “the doctrine of rotation of powers therefore means that power must rotate among these three senatorial districts in other to promote equity, fairness and justice, thereby guaranteeing even and equal participation in the government of our dear Edo State.”
Arguing that this position has in the past been observed religiously with understanding and dialogue, the Youths said: “from our recent political history as Edo State, His Excellency John Odigie-Oyegun from Edo South ruled the state for a period of one year and eight months.
“In 1999, the leaders agreed that since Edo South did not complete their tenure they should be allowed to take the first shot, this brought Chief Lucky Igbenedion.”
They added however that when it was the turn of Central in 2007 and Prof. Oseriemhen Osunbor emerged the governor, the tribunal truncated his administration and gave the seat to Adams Oshiomhole from North, who is about rounding up his second term.
“Equity now demands that power should shift to Edo Central. We believe that it is only when Edo Central produces the governor of the state in 2016 that the demands of equity, fairness and justice would have been fulfilled,” they insisted.