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Councillors in the 260 electoral wards in Enugu State yesterday gave Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State the assurance that they will work round the clock and mobilise massively in their respective wards to deliver the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidates in the 2023 general election.
The 260 councillors, who gave the assurance when they paid a ‘Thank-you’ visit to Gov. Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, on Tuesday, unanimously declared their support for the governor, the PDP governorship candidate in the state, Barr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, and all other candidates of the party in the state.
They stressed their solidarity to Gov. Ugwuanyi and expressed gratitude to him for the uncommon leadership role he played towards their emergence as councillors in their respective wards on the platform of the PDP.
The elated councilors added that if not for the magnanimity and selfless leadership style of the governor, none of them would have emerged as a councillor in the state.
They also appreciated Gov. Ugwuanyi for always believing in the youths, disclosing that 99.9 percent of the present councillors in the state are youths.
Speaking on their behalf, the Coordinator of 260 Ward Councillors in Enugu State and leader of Udenu Legislative Council, Hon. Nnamdi Odo, said that past councilors during previous administrations did not enjoy the privilege they enjoyed during the selection process leading to their emergence, stressing that they emerged without godfathers.
‘Your Excellency, we came to tell you thank you. We owe you thank you and part of our coming is to also tell you that we are going to deliver our wards to the PDP come 2023. There is no ward in the 260 wards that will be lost to the opposition.’
Stressing their eagerness to work as grassroots mobilisers, Hon. Odo said: ‘Your Excellency, if you look carefully, you will see that we have the strength to work and we are eager to work. It is not that of social media. We are on the ground at the grassroots.
‘The debt we owe you, our father and leader, and our great party, the PDP, is come February 2023, we will deliver all the candidates of our party starting from you, Your Excellency, our governorship candidate, Barr. Peter Mbah, and other candidates for the senatorial seats, House of Representatives and House of Assembly.
‘It is our task and we are going down to our wards to ensure that we deliver all these candidates come 2023 elections.’
Commending Gov. Ugwuanyi for his youth-friendly initiatives, the coordinating councillor pointed out that Enugu youths have never had it so good, saying: ‘You (Ugwuanyi) are the only governor in this state who came and accommodated many youths in your administration through political appointments and election into public offices.’
Pointing out that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration is ‘the only administration that faced the nation’s recession twice within five years,’ Odo added: ‘We are wondering and we said when we come today, we will ask His Excellency, how he is doing this magic of entrenching peace and good governance in Enugu State.