The existing zoning principle of Bayelsa West Senatorial District was a subject of discourse at the weekend, as stakeholders from the zone begin to prepare their minds ahead of the 2023 elections.
The senatorial district, which comprises Sagbama and Ekeremor Local Government Areas, have always had the seat rotated since the return of democracy in 1999.
It was a unanimous decision to opt for the rotation of the seat among the two local government areas so as to promote peace and give the people of the senatorial district, a sense of belonging.
The State Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr. Tare Edwin faulted politicians clamouring for the continuation of Sagbama in 2023 without considering the zoning arrangement.
He said the zoning formula should be honoured in order to maintain peace in the area, stating that there is already a feeling of political alienation among the people.
Edwin said the zoning formula was agreed upon to deliver equity and rotation of political positions between the two local government areas and so should not be sacrificed for anything.
But the immediate past President of Ekeremor Local Government Area Youth body, Comrade Etolor Ebi Prince, insisted that zoning should be discarded.
He appealed to all qualified people from the two local government areas to avail themselves and run for the senatorial seat in 2023 despite the zoning formula.
On his part, the Chairman, Bayelsa West Youth Congress, said the zoning formula is outdated, and as such advised politicians and leaders from the Senatorial District not to allow the political antics blindfold their sense of judgement on zoning.
Former governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson currently occupies the seat, which he took over from the state Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.
Dickson, is meant to complete the tenure of Ewhrudjakpo cum Sagbama but some people believe that a strong voice like his shouldn’t be short-lived in the Senate else it will deprive the zone and the state of quality representation.