The people of Obimo/Ikwoka Ward in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, comprising prominent political leaders, traditional rulers and opinion molders have assured the state governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Enugu North Senatorial District in the forthcoming general election, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, of their maximum solidarity and support.
They described Gov. Ugwuanyi as a good man and jinx breaker who gave them a sense of belonging through political appointments and his administration’s rural development policy that enabled every community in the state to execute developmental projects of their choice.
They pointed out that the governor has delivered signature projects that will stand the test of time and outlive his administration for many decades. Some of the laudable projects according to them include the construction of the Opi-Nsukka dual carriageway, T-junction Flyover Bridge, Nike Lake Road, Enugu and the State University of Medical and Applied Sciences (SUMAS) Igbo-Eno, Enugu State. They reassured the governor of their unalloyed support in making sure that he represents Enugu North Senatorial District in the National Assembly come 2023.
The people also declared their support for the PDP and all other candidates of the party in the state including the governorship candidate, Dr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, his running mate, Barr. Ifeanyi Ossai, the party’s candidate for Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency, Chief Engr. Vita Abba and the candidate for Nsukka West Constituency, Hon. Amos Amadi Agbo.
They thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for the recent appointment of their illustrious son, Dr. Reuben Onyishi as his Special Adviser, stating that such political consideration had never happened since the creation of their community.
Led by their prominent leaders to the Government House, Enugu, on a solidarity visit to Gov. Ugwuanyi, yesterday, the people of Obimo/Ikwoka Ward disclosed unreservedly that the PDP is their ‘DNA’, stressing that they don’t know of any other party except the PDP.
The prominent leaders on the visit include the National Vice President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Dr. Selina Ugwoke Adibua, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Dr. Onyishi, former Chairman of Nsukka LGA, Hon. Joseph Ugwoke, the Traditional Ruler of Eziani Autonomous Community, HRH, Igwe Tony Ezenma, the State Treasurer of the PDP, Hon. Obiora Ugwuoke, the PDP Ward Chairman, Barr. Ozo Ejike Okpe, and Dr. Emeka Dike.
Others are the Provost Enugu State College of Education, Technical, Dr. Hyacinth Eze, the Programme Manager, ENADEP, Dr. Sam Ogbonna Onyeisi, Special Assistant to the Governor, Hon. Kenneth Ibuchukwu Nwodo, the PDP Ex-Officio, Nsukka LGA, Hon. Ugonna Ogbuanya, Mr. Godwin Ugwoke of Enugu State Housing Development Corporation (ESHDC), etc.
Presenting their position, the PDP Chairman of Obimo/Ikwoka Ward, Ozo Okpe told Gov. Ugwuanyi that “we have enjoyed the dividends of democracy under your administration,” adding: “Since you assumed office, you have been good to our people and we have never had an opportunity to say thank you.
“On that note, we are here to assure you that you are going to represent us in the Senate come 2023. Look at the number and quality of people here. The people here are our gate keepers, influencers and opinion molders.”
In his supporting speech, the Traditional Ruler of Eziani Autonomous Community, Igwe Ezenma, described Gov. Ugwuanyi as a good man, a prayerful Catholic and God fearing leader, maintaining that the governor has done well “based on my assessment.”
The monarch further said: “Anybody that has said that you have not done well in Enugu State is saying that on a personal envious and selfish interest. That is the simple truth.”
Igwe Ezenma commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for entrenching enduring peace and security in Enugu State and tolerating his detractors in the face of provocations.
According to him: “In the past (before your administration), I have been shot three good times on critical occasions and I survived them by God’s grace. So, if not for your personal efforts on security, nobody will ever come out by 9pm in the state.
“But I can tell you now that you can go out anytime you want without fear. This your regime gave us peace and security.
“Everywhere is calm because you tolerate people so much. Your Excellency, you have done well, let me make it very clear here.”
The monarch on behalf of the people of Obimo/Ikwoka Ward expressed gratitude to the governor for the emergence of Engr. Abba as PDP candidate for Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency, saying: “You have made Nsukka proud by giving us Onwa (Abba). So, you have favoured us. It is time for us to favour you.
“Thank you, Your Excellency, you are a good man. I pray that your heart desires will be granted in the favour of we human beings in Jesus’ name, amen.”
The new Special Adviser to the Governor, Dr. Onyishi, speaking in the same vein, stressed that “it is only a blind person” that will not appreciate the good works of the governor in Enugu State in spite of the nation’s economic, security and public health challenges.
His words: “I laugh at those who question the leadership of Gov. Ugwuanyi because the Nsukka environment and beyond can attest to the good works the governor has done. We have up to three new universities brought to us by His Excellency.