While speaking during an interactive sessions with journalists at the Government House, Owerri, the Imo state capital on Monday, Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, described those clamouring for the zoning of the 2019 gubernatorial ticket in the state to Owerri zone as educated illiterates, uniformed and clanish.
The chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) said those calling for zoning did not have the capacity and that he had performed excellently because he was never a product of zoning.
The governor said Imo was not like Kogi, Plateau Benue or other states where they have different ethnic groups who have to adopt zoning formula for power balancing.
According to him, Imo State is made up of one ethnic group, that speaks one language and therefore does not need to zone the office of the governor.
"What is certain is that there must be a new governor of the state in 2019 and for me those talking about zoning in 2019 are very foolish, educated illiterates and clannish and the era of zoning in the state is over.
"The point is that a zone cannot be a governor, it is only an individual who has the capacity to pilot the affairs of the state whether it is in Owerri, Orlu or Okigwe let them present themselves.
"Those who are talking of zoning immediately they get to office what they will be concerned about would be their family members and abandon the state as has been in the past.
"So, the issue of zoning is gone and wherever the persons comes from as longer as he has that capacity and good let it be," he said.