Guber poll: Ken Nnamani leads other APC chieftains to support PDP candidate in Enugu

All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains from Enugu East Senatorial District of Enugu State on Friday joined other political, religious and traditional leaders to endorse the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Dr Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, as their sole candidate for the election in March.

The APC chieftains led by the former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani, who was represented at colourful rally by the immediate past Chairman of the party in the state and presently a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Dr Ben Nwoye, said that their decision to endorse the PDP governorship

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candidate, Mbah, was borne out of their conviction about his character, manifesto, comportment, depth of heart, judicious temperament and ability to lead.

Speaking, Senator Nnamani disclosed that the APC chieftains at their leadership meeting were of the view that “leadership of people in Enugu State should not be by party. The leader of Enugu State will be elected by the citizens of Enugu. Nkanu people have had their consensus to pick you (Mbah). I am an APC member, but I and my group will vote for you.”

Speaking for himself, the former state chairman of the APC, Nwoye, said that as a member of Contact and Mobilisation of the APC PCC, they would turn everything to Dr Mbah after supporting their party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the February 25 election.

“I am here in two capacities. I will talk in my capacity and I will also talk because I was sent here by our leader, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Ken Nnamani, the only GCON we have in Enugu State.

“He sent me here to represent him because we have looked at everything beyond your (Mbah’s) manifesto which some of the candidates still don’t have. We studied your manifesto sir; we studied your character; we studied the content of your comportment; we studied the depth of your heart; we looked at your judicious temperament; your ability to lead sir and we concluded in that leadership meeting that leadership of people in Enugu State should not be by party.

“The leader of Enugu will be elected by the citizens of Enugu. Nkanu people have had their consensus to pick you. I am an APC member, but I and my group will vote for you. Peter Mbah is the incoming governor of Enugu State.

“Speaking in my capacity, I am a member of the APC PCC, but after February 25, we are going to turn everything to Barr. Peter Mbah.”

Describing Governor Ifeannyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as “the most performing governor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, my brother and my friend,” Nwoye thanked the governor for keeping faith with the promise he made to the people of Enugu East Senatorial District that equity, fairness and justice would take pre-eminence in respect of the zone that will produce his successor in 2023.

Also speaking, the former governor of old Anambra State and former Senator who represented Enugu East Senatorial District, Senator Jim  Nwobodo, also expressed gratitude to Governor Ugwuanyi “for being a man of his words.”

Nwobodo assured the governor that the people of Enugu East Senatorial District would join hands to campaign to ensure that he goes to the Senate in appreciation of his exemplary leadership role in the emergence of Mbah from the district as the PDP governorship candidate.

The former governor equally applauded Ugwuanyi for entrenching peace and good governance in Enugu State in spite of the nation’s economic and security challenges, stressing that the governor deserves to go to the Senate to do more for his senatorial district in particular and the state in general.

Declaring that the PDP will record a landslide victory at the polls in Enugu State as it has always done since 1999, Nwobodo who graced the event with his wife, Mrs Pat Nwobodo, stressed that Mbah would win the governorship election in the state.

He, therefore, urged the people of the state, especially those who have not collected their PVCs to do so, hold on strongly and vote for the PDP during the elections.

Earlier, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the rally, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, the State Chairman of the PDP, Hon. Augustine Nnamani, the lawmaker representing Enugu North/Enugu South Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Ofor Chukwuegbo, the Chairman of Enugu East Local Government Area, Hon. Nze Livinus Anike, the Deputy Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Dr. Igwe Julius Nnaji and the Patron of the Council, HRH Igwe Ezeudo Sir Abel Nwobodo, the State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Amb. Emmanuel Edeh, the President of Enugu State Market Amalgamated Traders Association, Chief Stephen Aniagu, and an academic, Prof. Christian Ngwu, all spoke on behalf of their members, endorsing Mbah as the sole candidate of Enugu East Senatorial District for the governorship election in the state and pledged to galvanize the electorate to vote massively for him at the poll.   

They equally expressed immense gratitude to Governor Ugwuanyi for acceding to their appeal that his successor in 2023 comes from Enugu East Senatorial District in line with established rotational zoning arrangement in the state through the emergence of Mbah as the PDP candidate.

Addressing the jubilant crowd, Governor Ugwuanyi recalled what played out during the Oganiru Enugu East Senatorial District rally of June 17, 2021 concerning the tensed, robust, passionate and logical quest for zoning of the position of the next governor of the state to the district and how he assured that dialogue, justice and equity would take pre-eminence in the fullness of time.

The governor said that he was delighted that, “that self-fulfilling prophecy has come to pass and Enugu East Senatorial District has produced the gubernatorial candidate of our great party, the PDP in a free, fair, transparent and credible primary election.” 

Source: The Sun


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