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Published On: Wed, Mar 12th, 2014

2015: Delta Speaker, Ochei against Zoning, Says it Promotes Mediocity, Laziness

Speaker Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Victor Ochei

LAGOS MARCH 12TH (URHOBOTODAY) – As the political calculations for the 2015 Delta State governorship begin, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Victor Ochei, has advised that zoning or ethnicity should be jettisoned in selecting candidates, saying these promote mediocrity and laziness.
He said what should be paramount is the choice of “the best man for the job” and “a man who will take Delta to the next level.”
Ochei, who insisted that “zoning” has always promoted laziness and mediocrity, however stressed that if that is the only option left for a particularly area to have a shot at the plum job, then it should be accepted.

This, according to him, is not because power must shift from one place to the other but because the system allows it to either pacify or give some people a sense of belonging.
Specifically, he said zoning or rotation of power should not be an issue in Delta State, maintaining that the constitution allows anyone who is qualified to run.
Ochei, who spoke during a chat with newsmen at the weekend said he is interested in ensuring that the initiative started by the incumbent governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, particularly the “Delta Beyond Oil” policy which he described as the best thing to happen to the state is developed and sustained.
“These are things we need to look at, we shouldn’t be looking at whether the man is coming from the west or the east because that is not important.
“Once you have the best man for the job, you don’t remember where the man is from because the man will ensure there is equitable distribution of projects, ensure that there is a plan to improve on what you have and do it well,” he said.
Ochei said he believes in healthy competition in the political arena because it brings out the best saying “once you are competing, people tend to put in more efforts.”
According to him, “when you talk about zoning, it has a way of promoting laziness and mediocrity but that is not to say that if in a particular area, we see the need to allow for rotation, I don’t call it zoning but rather rotation so that everybody can be part of it.
“The man who will ensure that ethnicity is not our basis for our every day drive. The man who will ensure that at the end of the day. there is peace and quiet in Delta State and there is massive development in the state.”
Ochei said he believes in the economic diversification of the state, saying “we must develop those diversities to be our source of strength and the moment we can achieve that I can tell you that Delta State would go beyond the skies.”.
According to the Speaker, “I believe so much in that and not about zoning or whatever you call it. Most importantly is to ensure that you have the right man for the job.”
He declared that it would be too early for him to say if he will contest in 2015 or not, saying however that he is still consulting and would only make any pronouncement on his next political ambition after the consultation.
Ochei said he is touching the lives of ordinary Deltans on the streets and by way of legislation, promoted bills that would ensure the socio-economic well being of Deltans.

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