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Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Enugu East Senatorial District of Enugu State yesterday 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 candidate, Mbah, was borne out of their conviction about his character, manifesto, comportment, depth of heart, judicious temperament and ability to lead.
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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.