PHOTOS: Atiku Visits Enugu, Reechoes Vow To Rebuild Nigeria

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday visited Enugu State where he reechoed his pledge to rebuild the country.

Atiku, a former vice president, was accompanied on the visit to stakeholders by his running mate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

He arrived at the Akamu Ibiam International Airport and was welcomed by the host Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and other party faithful.

At a meeting with stakeholders, Atiku restated his love for Ndigbo which he said led to his choice of Igbo men as running mates in 2019 and for next year’s election.

Aside from this, he reassured them of his commitment to restructure Nigeria and enthrone true federalism.

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Atiku is promising to rebuild Nigeria. [email protected]

 

On his part, Okowa maintained that the PDP will unite Nigeria and rebuild the economy from its fallen state.

For the host, the state is well positioned to give the main opposition party a block vote for the 2023 election.

At the event, representatives of the five southeastern states also endorsed the Waziri Adamawa. 

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Atiku says his love for Ndigbo can be seen in the choice of his running mate. [email protected] Atiku

2023 Guber: Adopt Your Predecessors’ Approach In Choice Of Successor, Group Tells Ugwuanyi

 

A socio-cultural organization in Enugu North Senatorial District of Enugu State, known as ‘Nsukka Ezue Group’, has joined the league of partisan and non-partisan groups supporting the adoption and strict adherence to the established rotational zoning arrangement of the governorship position in the state, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Speaking when a delegation of the Nsukka Ezue Group, comprising intellectuals, academics, members of the clergy and traditional institutions, politicians, and men and women of different political persuasions, paid a solidarity visit to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, at the Government House, Enugu, the Chairman, Prof. Damian Ugwutikiri Opata, stated that they support the current zoning formula in Enugu State.

Prof. Opata pointed out that “Zoning, whether called Federal Character, or Rotation of offices, is very well established in Nigeria”, adding that ‘it is the embodiment of equity, justice, and inclusivity in any polity, especially one as diverse as the Nigerian Federation”.

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The group, therefore, declared that “Any person openly or clandestinely against zoning or campaigning against it in Nigeria in general, and in Enugu State in particular, is neither patriotic nor altruistic and peace-loving”.

Speaking particularly about Enugu State, the Chairman said: “Any person or persons against the established zoning principle are selfish and self-bent on destabilizing the prevailing atmosphere of peace, security and stability your (Gov. Ugwuanyi’s) regime has successfully entrenched in the state”.

Commending Gov. Ugwuanyi for the good job he has continued to do in Enugu State, the group declared support for the governor and urged him to “go ahead and anoint your successor as your predecessors in office did”.

“Your Excellency, you did not start the zoning in Enugu State, and you should never allow it to fail or collapse under your regime. It is a sacred obligation for you to succeed where your predecessors succeeded.

“We, therefore, call on you to endorse and implement the current zoning formula which provides that the next Governor of Enugu State should come from Enugu East Senatorial District’’, the group said.

 

Stressing on the benefits of zoning, the group further said: “It is well known that zoning of political offices reduces the cost of primaries, and also reduces stress, friction, violence, and thuggery during primaries. It inculcates the discipline of one waiting for one’s turn and ensures that at one time or the other, each component unit gets its share of particular political offices.

“Particularly in a democracy, it ensures that minority populations are never shut off from political offices. Furthermore, the zoning of political offices has a soothing effect on the polity by assuring components of the state that their turn will surely come at the expected time.

“So, zoning brings peace and stability in the political processes of nations. Above all, zoning is ethical by ensuring that what ought to be done is actually done in electing and appointing people to different political offices”.

 

The Chairman of ‘Nsukka Ezue Group’, Prof. Opata informed and invited Gov. Ugwuanyi to their proposed National Dialogue on zoning scheduled for April 7, 2022, at Adada Hall, Nsukka Local Government Area, stressing that it will birth massive interactions with different groups with the aim of creating awareness and fully mobilizing the larger voter population.

They promised Gov. Ugwuanyi that they “will continue to produce ideological support positions from a non-partisan political perspective that will appeal to both PDP and non-PDP members in the state”.

 

Lending their voice, the Director-General of the group, Hon. Chineme Onyeke, Rev. Fr. Dr. Emeka Ngwoke, HRH Igwe Herbert Ukuta, Venerable Dr. Nnamdi Ijeudo, Prof. Mrs. Helen Nwamba, Hon. Celestine Ogbu and Hon. Kentus Eze reiterated the group’s stance on zoning and enjoined Gov. Ugwuanyi to remain focused, prayerful, strong, and steadfast in his untiring efforts at entrenching peace, and good governance, and providing effective political leadership in Enugu State.

 

They reassured the governor that members of the group, numbering thousands, are solidly behind him and his political decisions in respect of the choice of his successor and other engagements ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Photos: Lawmakers Drum Support For Ugwuanyi As PDP Flags Off LG Elections Campaign In Enugu

 

Former Governor of Enugu State and the Senator representing Enugu East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, his Enugu North Senatorial District counterpart, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, members of House of Representatives from the state, the state legislature, Council Chairmen of the 17 local government areas and other stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State, on Wednesday, reaffirmed their endorsement of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as the de facto leader of the party in the state in particular and the southeast geo-political zone in general.

The Enugu PDP stakeholders, who spoke during the flag-off of the 2022 Local Government elections campaign, held at Ikem, Isi-Uzo LGA headquarters, declared that Gov. Ugwuanyi remains their leader while they are his followers.

They commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for how he has been managing the affairs of Enugu State in spite of the nation’s economic, security, and public health challenges, stressing that it is unprecedented.

The stakeholders also appreciated the governor for entrenching enduring peace and good governance in Enugu State, as well as his consistency in conducting local government elections since the inception of his administration.

Speaking at the well-attended rally, Senator Nnamani, who stated that “politics is a serious business”, described Gov. Ugwuanyi as “a master of political leverages and the leader of the PDP in the southeast”.

Flanked by Senator Utazi and Senator Ben Collins Ndu, Senator Nnamani said that the forthcoming local government election in the state is a rehearsal to the 2023 general elections, stressing: “It is a serious business and that is why I am here”.

The former governor reiterated their loyalty to Gov. Ugwuanyi and the governor’s decisions in respect of the 2023 general elections, saying: “What Gov. Ugwuanyi wants us to do in 2023, we will do it. The governor is our party leader; we are his followers”.

Speaking on behalf of the members of the House of Representatives from Enugu State, the member representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency, Hon. Cornelius Nnaji, described Ugwuanyi as a peace-loving governor, pointing out that the mammoth crowd at the rally was a testament to the overwhelming popularity of the PDP in Enugu State and the acceptability of Gov. Ugwuanyi as the leader of the party.

Hon. Nnaji, who spoke alongside Rt. Hon. Ofor Chukwuegbo, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pat Asadu, Rt. Hon. Princess Peace Nnaji, Rt. Hon. Dr. Kingsley Ebenyi, Hon. K.G.B. Oguakwa, Hon. U.S.A. Igwesi and Hon. Chijioke Edeoga, maintained that “it is well established that we have one Governor of Enugu State and one leader in the person of His Excellency Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi”.

The federal lawmaker applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for keeping faith with his peace initiative and the promise he made in his inaugural address to develop the rural areas where the majority of the people reside.

“Let’s all continue to support our governor and his peace initiative which is expensive to maintain. He is a calm and humble leader”, he said.

Also speaking on behalf of the members of the Enugu State House of Assembly, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for “the way you have been managing the affairs of Enugu State”, stressing that the governor’s leadership style is uncommon in the history of the state.

Hon. Ubosi enjoined PDP stakeholders and members in the state to “follow your leader”.

The PDP State Chairman, Hon. Augustine Nnamani, on behalf of the party executives, expressed gratitude to the party faithful for coming out en masse at the event. He equally thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi who he described as “the game changer and bridge-builder” for keeping faith with his campaign promises to the people of Enugu State, stating that “the PDP we see is Gov. Ugwuanyi”.

 

He said that “there is no part of this state that has not felt the impact of the governor’s administration”, stressing that “our governor pays workers’ salaries (new minimum wage) regularly and still attends to development issues with the state’s lean resources”.

Hon. Nnamani appreciated members of the National and State Assemblies for the synergy between the executive and the legislature in the state, revealing that “everybody is happy with the PDP-led government of Gov. Ugwuanyi. There is no shaking!”.

The party chairman, therefore, urged the electorate to vote for the candidates of the PDP in the February 23 LG elections in the state.

In their goodwill messages, the former chairmen of PDP in Enugu State, Dr. Charles Egumgbe, Chief Engr. Vita Abba and Chief Ikeje Asogwa, said they are impressed with Gov. Ugwuanyi’s performance in office. Speaking on behalf of other ex-Chairmen of the party, Engr. Abba commended the governor for keeping the ideals and tradition of the party alive. He went further to thank Hon. Nnamani for taking the party to a new level.

Handing over the party flags to the 17 LG Chairmanship candidates of the PDP and their deputies, after prayers were offered for them by the Spiritual Director of Okunerere Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Dr. Paul Obayi, Gov. Ugwuanyi thanked the leadership of the party at all levels and indeed all the stakeholders for providing the leadership that facilitated the success of the primary elections.

The governor disclosed that “the politicking was intriguing, the sound was loud, the suspense was thrilling and the tension was palpable yet the processes were consultative, conclusive and consensual”.

He revealed that all the aspirants in the primary elections, irrespective of the outcomes, have long joined hands to build a stronger and more formidable PDP that is ready and prepared to go to the polls. Gov. Ugwuanyi assured the people of Enugu State that the party candidates, if elected, shall serve them with the fear of God and in their best interest, consistent with the PDP tradition, and urged them to vote massively for PDP on February 23, 2022.

“I extend my reverential greetings and gratitude to the clergy and our traditional Rulers for their prayers, support, and wise counsel.

“I must pertinently tell you that our administration is keen on activating the local economy of our rural communities. Therefore, it has become our Directive Principle that all elected Council Chairmen and Councilors must reside in their electoral constituencies henceforth.

“By so doing, they will necessarily work to secure these constituencies (being residents) and also activate their local economies.

“Ndi Enugu, as I flag off the 2022 LGA elections campaign of PDP in Enugu State, I present to you, the Party’s flag bearers for the Council Chairmanship election in the 17 LGAs of the state, persons who have been found worthy and capable of superintending the affairs of these LG Councils by the Party in their respective LGAs.

“I passionately plead with you to massively support these candidates in the 23rd February 2022 local government council chairmanship elections in the 17 LGAs of the state. I assure you that these candidates if elected by you, shall serve you with the fear of God and in your best interest, consistent with the PDP tradition”, the governor said.

The Deputy Governor, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, members of the State Executive Council (EXCO), members of the ALGON, led by the Chairman and Chairman of Udenu LGA, Hon. Solomon Onah, were among the dignitaries at the event.

UPDATED: Southern Governors Meet In Enugu

Governor Ugwuanyi (left) exchanging greetings with his Delta counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa.

 

Members of the Southern Governors’ Forum have met in Enugu on Thursday, just about two months after they converged in Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos State.

Governors who first arrived at the meeting included Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State; Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos; Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State; Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; and Bayelsa’s Douye Diri.

They were received at the Government House, Enugu, by the host, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

While there was no officially published agenda for the meeting, the governors  deliberated on the ongoing Value Added Tax (VAT) battle between states and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), open grazing and security issues.

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The governors are expected to deliberate on the ongoing VAT battle between the FIRS and states.

 

Thursday’s meeting came just over two months after the governors met in Lagos State where they made a series of decisions including banning open grazing.

The governors had set September 5 as the deadline for states in southern Nigeria to promulgate the anti-open grazing law.

Although only seven states – Ebonyi, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers, Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo – beat the deadline, more states have enacted the law banning open grazing.

Enugu, Lagos, and Akwa Ibom were the latest states to enact the law against open grazing.

Governor Ugwuanyi welcoming Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.

 

Aside from issues around open grazing, the governors also agreed that Nigeria’s next president [in 2023] should be from the southern part of the country.

They equally affirmed their commitment to Nigeria’s unity, restating calls for state policing among other issues.

Governor Ugwuanyi Hails INEC For Prompt Operations At Polling Unit

 

The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its prompt operations at his polling unit.

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The governor made the commendation after casting his vote at Amube 1, Orba in Udenu Local Government Area of the state.

Voting commenced at 8am in the various polling units in the state.

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Ugwuanyi Constructs Nkanu Road To Boost Economic Activities

 

The Enugu state government has commenced work on the road in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.

The 1.6-kilometer road with a six-month completion mandate is expected to ease evacuation of farm produce into the urban centre and boost economic activities in the area.

While flagging off construction, the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, stated that the effort is in line with his administration resolve to open up rural roads and create more urban centres for an improved standard of living for all citizens.

The Ogonogoeji – Ndi Agu -Akpugo, one of the biggest communities in Nkanu west local government area has over several decades of its existence suffered the effect of the bad road especially during the rainy season.

The members of the community after several efforts to get government’s attention have since given up in resolving to make do with the available routes.

However, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Eng. Greg Nnaji assured the residents to expect nothing less than the standard road of international best practices.

The state governor further reaffirmed his resolve to do more as he keeps with his promise of rural development.

ANAN Commends Enugu Governor, Ugwuanyi On Good Governance

 

The Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) has commended the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for the remarkable successes recorded by his administration in the state despite “the harsh economic climate” in the country.

President of the body, Alhaji Shehu Usman Ladan, gave the commendation during a visit to the governor in the state capital.

“This government renovated, rehabilitated and re-equipped primary and secondary schools in the state, which were in a deplorable state. Your Excellency recruited over 2000 primary school teachers through Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board to improve the standard of teaching and learning in the state.

“Your Excellency has taken giant strides to reposition tertiary education in the state by upgrading the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu to a degree awarding institution and released hundreds of millions of Naira to the institution to enable it meet the accreditation needs of its courses. Similar gestures were also extended to other tertiary institutions in the state,” he said.

Furthermore, the ANAN president noted that the governor empowered the security operatives by “procuring a good number of vehicles for them to operate.

He also added that the state government released money for the reactivation of the activities of vigilante groups in all the communities.

Responding to the comments, Ugwuanyi reiterated his administration’s commitment towards working with the association in serving the people of the state.

He also underscored the importance of the role of the association developing the economy.

“I assure you of the readiness of the state government to partner with the association towards the achievement of its objectives more, especially as they relate to the well-being of the government and people of Enugu State,” he said.

 

Gov Ugwuanyi Preaches Love, Peaceful Coexistence At Christmas

File photo: Enugu state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

The Enugu state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in his Yuletide message said Christians across the country should imbibe the virtue of peaceful coexistence.

In the Christmas message which was released by his office, and signed by State Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, Governor Ugwuanyi wished Christian faithful a Merry Christmas and said they should use the occasion as a moment of introspection and a renewed commitment to the country’s unity and love for one another.

“Christmas is a time of goodwill, sharing and caring,” he said, adding that its message of love should inspire adherents of the Christian faith to show love to all humanity.

Enugu Govt Provides Free Ride For Citizens Across The States

It’s two days to Christmas and to ensure hitch-free celebration, the Enugu state government is providing free transportation for its citizens returning from across the country.

The gesture which is coming barely some days after the state workers received their 13th-month salary is specifically for those living in the northern, southern and some western states who wish to return to Enugu for the yuletide but cannot afford the fare.

The citizens who were being received by the Managing Director of Enugu Transport Company limited, Mr Vob Itanyi, on Friday said the gesture is a pivotal indication of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s good governance in the state.

Mr Itanyi explained, that the beneficiaries must be those who are duly registered with the state’s Town Unions in their respective states of residence, adding the company is coordinating the exercise with the leadership of the unions in the affected states, for accountability and effective result.

He disclosed that the returnees on arrival will be formally received by the State Commissioner for Transport, Hon. Vitus Okechi, the MD of ENTRACO, and others, at the former main depot of the company, opposite the state headquarters of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Enugu.

Itanyi said, “His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, as a God-fearing, and humanitarian leader has graciously given us the approval to convey Enugu indigenes resident in almost all other states back to the state free of charge this festive season.

“This time around, it will not be business as usual. We are going to bring back Enugu State indigenes in the body and not ghost indigenes. Nothing will be hidden during the exercise. The leaders of the Enugu State Town Union in the respective states have been mobilized to ensure that our people benefit from this welfare scheme, which the state government has extended to the people of the state.”

Enugu Govt Promises Promote Grass-roots Sports

Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has reiterated his commitment to promoting sports at the grass roots in the state.

He said this during a boxing talent hunt organised by the speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, for public secondary school students across the 17 local governments areas in the state.

The talent hunt is part of efforts towards actualising the state’s Vision 2020 which is targeted at promoting boxing by harnessing young talent in the grassroots.

While congratulating the 85 participants from the 17 local government areas, Governor Ugwuanyi said his administration would continue engaging the youth in different sports activities and create more jobs for them.

Out of the 85 participants, 26 got one-year scholarships while the rest got a bursary award.

Members of the State House of Assembly and the state executive were among those who were at the event.