Enugu Guber: Enugu East LGA Adopts Hon Ugwuanyi

Gives Him Ofor As Symbol of Blessing

By Chinedu Aroh and Francis Ede

It was once a memorable day for Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, House of Representatives member representing Udenu/Igboeze north federal constituency of Enugu state at the National Assembly, following the unflinching support he received from the people of Enugu East local government area Tuesday in his quest to succeed Governor Sullivan Chime in the Enugu State Government House.

As early as 8am, the people of the local government area started trooping en masse to Nkwo Nike, the headquarters of the local government area. At about 10am, the magnificent complex had been filled to the brim; then the long wait.

Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his team eventually came around 3:11pm to the warm embrace of the anticipating crowd. Then the stage was set for talks. The Enugu East local government area chairman, Hon Prince Cornelius Nnaji, took the centre stage. He assured Hon Ugwuanyi of the unflinching support of his people in his quest to govern the state.

“Every family in Enugu East local government area belongs to the Peoples Democratic Party. In fact, it is not an overstatement to describe our local government area as the headquarters of the party in the state.”

Hon Nnaji also poured encomiums on Governor Sullivan Chime for building a strong foundation for the PDP in the state. He specifically mentioned the Nkwo-Nike road which was constructed by the Chime administration as a jinx broken, adding that with it, Chime automatically endeared himself to the hearts of every family in the local government area. He assured that the local government area will give the PDP one hundred percent support in the forthcoming general elections.

The director general, PDP campaign organization in the state, Chief COC Egumgbe, said unlike before, the party had been rebranded. He attributed the brotherliness currently being experienced in the party to the accommodating leadership style of Governor Chime.

According to him, “The only way to reciprocate Chime's gesture is by voting for Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi whom he has endorsed to succeed him. That is the only way to continue the progress in the party as well as in the state.”

He also urged them to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan and described the PDP as a universal political party.

Hon Edwin Ubosi, Enugu State House of Assembly member representing Enugu East and also the candidate of the party for the same seat, said the tumultuous crowd that greeted the rally was not hired, but a testimony that the local government area was PDP in blood. He praised Governor Chime for his sterling qualities which have galvanized the party in the state.

“Governor Sullivan Chime sacrificed himself for the party and we commend him. We pray for him as he prepares to bow out of office. I also urge our people to vote for Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi whom Governor Chime has endorsed to succeed him. That is the only way to continue to enjoy the democratic dividends which we currently enjoy in the state. My prayer is for God to enable Hon Ugwuanyi to fit into the big shoes of Chime.”

He said some areas in the local government still face security challenges, and urged the incoming government in the state to stem the tide.

The member representing Isi-Uzo/Enugu East federal constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Kingsley Ebenyi, said the entire senatorial zone would only reciprocate what Governor Sullivan Chime had done for them by voting Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi into office. He on behalf of other candidates for legislative positions in the zone promised to attract more projects to the zone 'because some of us would become ranking National Assembly members if elected'.

Senator Gil Nnaji who represents Enugu East senatorial district in the National Assembly described Governor Sullivan Chime as the epitome of good governance in the state, adding that his choice of Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to succeed him means that Chime meant well for the state.

“We are not here to campaign. We are here to celebrate our victory. I also wish to thank Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who has come here to identify with us. He is a father. I also commend some of our colleagues who did not win in the primaries, but they have come to show solidarity to us. That is how to show party consciousness. I urge those who ran away to return to the PDP fold because the umbrella can accommodate all of us.”

Chief Ikeji Asogwa, the state's chairman of the party, expressed joy with the level of the turn-out of people to the rally. He said, “It is a commitment caused by the transformation recorded via the Sullivan administration. My joy is that this transformation will continue because Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is a replica of Governor Chime. We must get our permanent voter cards to enable us to vote President Goodluck Jonathan and all the candidates of the PDP to ensure the continuity of this political trend. This is unprecedented.”

Governor Sullivan, in his speech, thanked the PDP family in the state for maintaining peace and showing commitment to the agenda of the party. According to him, “I am happy, especially when I recall how the choice of gubernatorial candidates of the PDP in some states have splitted the party. Look at what is happening in Ebonyi, Niger, Akwa Ibom states among others. But in Enugu, the choice of Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has rather brought everybody together and galvanized the party. I continue to advise people who have left the PDP in Enugu state to retrace their steps back before it becomes too late. Anybody who is not in the PDP in the state is simply playing.”

In his speech, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said his administration if elected would continue and consolidate that of Chime. He described the blueprint of Chime's administration as superb which informed his decision to adopt it completely.

He said, “I promise you that ongoing projects under Chime's administration, including those in Enugu East senatorial zone, will be completed if I am elected in the forthcoming governorship election in the state. I am already working with him on that. We have an ongoing budget. I assure you that I will implement it to the fullest.”

On the forthcoming presidential election, he said, “Nigerians can only wish ourselves goodluck in 2015 and beyond by voting Goodluck Jonathan into power. Remember the second Niger Bridge, the Enugu International Airport, the coming seaport, all were provided by Jonathan.”

He promised to create over 10, 000 jobs in the state in the first six months of his administration. He added that he would enable the establishment of oil, gas and maritime course in Enugu State University of Science and Technology for more job prospects for the youths in the state. “The diagnosis centre already under construction will be equipped to take care of our health needs. Enugu Marketing Company will soon start importation and that will boost our standard of living.”

The highlights of the event included the giving of Ofor to Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi by the traditional council of the local government.

People from all walks of life attended the event including Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, special assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on National Assembly Matters, Hon Barr Chijioke Edeoga; all local government chairmen in the state as well as the speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly and the entire members of the state Assembly.

Enugu Guber: Enugu East LGA Adopts Hon Ugwuanyi
· Gives Ofor As Symbol of Blessing
By Chinedu Aroh and Francis Ede
It was once a memorable day for Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, House of Representatives member representing Udenu/Igboeze north federal constituency of Enugu state at the National Assembly, following the unflinching support he received from the people of Enugu East local government area Tuesday in his quest to succeed Governor Sullivan Chime in the Enugu State Government House.

As early as 8am, the people of the local government area started trooping en masse to Nkwo Nike, the headquarters of the local government area. At about 10am, the magnificent complex had been filled to the brim; then the long wait.

Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his team eventually came around 3:11pm to the warm embrace of the anticipating crowd. Then the stage was set for talks. The Enugu East local government area chairman, Hon Prince Cornelius Nnaji, took the centre stage. He assured Hon Ugwuanyi of the unflinching support of his people in his quest to govern the state.

“Every family in Enugu East local government area belongs to the Peoples Democratic Party. In fact, it is not an overstatement to describe our local government area as the headquarters of the party in the state.”

Hon Nnaji also poured encomiums on Governor Sullivan Chime for building a strong foundation for the PDP in the state. He specifically mentioned the Nkwo-Nike road which was constructed by the Chime administration as a jinx broken, adding that with it, Chime automatically endeared himself to the hearts of every family in the local government area. He assured that the local government area will give the PDP one hundred percent support in the forthcoming general elections.

The director general, PDP campaign organization in the state, Chief COC Egumgbe, said unlike before, the party had been rebranded. He attributed the brotherliness currently being experienced in the party to the accommodating leadership style of Governor Chime.

According to him, “The only way to reciprocate Chime's gesture is by voting for Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi whom he has endorsed to succeed him. That is the only way to continue the progress in the party as well as in the state.”

He also urged them to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan and described the PDP as a universal political party.

Hon Edwin Ubosi, Enugu State House of Assembly member representing Enugu East and also the candidate of the party for the same seat, said the tumultuous crowd that greeted the rally was not hired, but a testimony that the local government area was PDP in blood. He praised Governor Chime for his sterling qualities which have galvanized the party in the state.

“Governor Sullivan Chime sacrificed himself for the party and we commend him. We pray for him as he prepares to bow out of office. I also urge our people to vote for Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi whom Governor Chime has endorsed to succeed him. That is the only way to continue to enjoy the democratic dividends which we currently enjoy in the state. My prayer is for God to enable Hon Ugwuanyi to fit into the big shoes of Chime.”

He said some areas in the local government still face security challenges, and urged the incoming government in the state to stem the tide.

The member representing Isi-Uzo/Enugu East federal constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Kingsley Ebenyi, said the entire senatorial zone would only reciprocate what Governor Sullivan Chime had done for them by voting Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi into office. He on behalf of other candidates for legislative positions in the zone promised to attract more projects to the zone 'because some of us would become ranking National Assembly members if elected'.

Senator Gil Nnaji who represents Enugu East senatorial district in the National Assembly described Governor Sullivan Chime as the epitome of good governance in the state, adding that his choice of Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to succeed him means that Chime meant well for the state.

“We are not here to campaign. We are here to celebrate our victory. I also wish to thank Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who has come here to identify with us. He is a father. I also commend some of our colleagues who did not win in the primaries, but they have come to show solidarity to us. That is how to show party consciousness. I urge those who ran away to return to the PDP fold because the umbrella can accommodate all of us.”

Chief Ikeji Asogwa, the state's chairman of the party, expressed joy with the level of the turn-out of people to the rally. He said, “It is a commitment caused by the transformation recorded via the Sullivan administration. My joy is that this transformation will continue because Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is a replica of Governor Chime. We must get our permanent voter cards to enable us to vote President Goodluck Jonathan and all the candidates of the PDP to ensure the continuity of this political trend. This is unprecedented.”

Governor Sullivan, in his speech, thanked the PDP family in the state for maintaining peace and showing commitment to the agenda of the party. According to him, “I am happy, especially when I recall how the choice of gubernatorial candidates of the PDP in some states have splitted the party. Look at what is happening in Ebonyi, Niger, Akwa Ibom states among others. But in Enugu, the choice of Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has rather brought everybody together and galvanized the party. I continue to advise people who have left the PDP in Enugu state to retrace their steps back before it becomes too late. Anybody who is not in the PDP in the state is simply playing.”

In his speech, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said his administration if elected would continue and consolidate that of Chime. He described the blueprint of Chime's administration as superb which informed his decision to adopt it completely.

He said, “I promise you that ongoing projects under Chime's administration, including those in Enugu East senatorial zone, will be completed if I am elected in the forthcoming governorship election in the state. I am already working with him on that. We have an ongoing budget. I assure you that I will implement it to the fullest.”

On the forthcoming presidential election, he said, “Nigerians can only wish ourselves goodluck in 2015 and beyond by voting Goodluck Jonathan into power. Remember the second Niger Bridge, the Enugu International Airport, the coming seaport, all were provided by Jonathan.”

He promised to create over 10, 000 jobs in the state in the first six months of his administration. He added that he would enable the establishment of oil, gas and maritime course in Enugu State University of Science and Technology for more job prospects for the youths in the state. “The diagnosis centre already under construction will be equipped to take care of our health needs. Enugu Marketing Company will soon start importation and that will boost our standard of living.”

The highlights of the event included the giving of Ofor to Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi by the traditional council of the local government.

People from all walks of life attended the event including Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, special assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on National Assembly Matters, Hon Barr Chijioke Edeoga; all local government chairmen in the state as well as the speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly and the entire members of the state Assembly.






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