2023 GOVERNORSHIP AND
STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
Enugu Decides 2023: Gale of endorsements for Ugwuanyi, Mbah, other PDP candidates, as Nkanu Youths, Enugu North, Enugu West senatorial districts, Teachers, pledge massive votes
Ahead of the 2023 general elections beginning in few days time, first with the Presidential and National Assembly elections, followed by the Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections, the Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State, over the weekend, received endorsements from different groups and senatorial zones in the state.
The gale of endorsements began with the youths from Enugu East Senatorial Zone who declared their support for Dr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The youths said having reviewed the manifestos and antecedents of all the contestants in Enugu governorship race, they have resolved to throw their support behind Dr Mbah as the best candidate with a realistic development programme for the state.
The endorsement was made at a town hall meeting held at the Castle Majestic Hotel, Ogui Enugu, on Saturday, February 18th, 2023.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting, the Nkanu Youth stated that their decision to endorse Dr. Mbah was based on his impeccable track record of integrity, leadership skills, competence, experience, and passion for youth development.
They cited his past service as commissioner of finance, Chief of Staff, and founder and CEO of Pinnacle Oil and Gas as proof of his outstanding service to the public and private sectors.
The Nkanu Youths further noted that Dr. Mbah’s manifesto and policies for youth development aligned with their aspirations and desires for the future of Enugu state.
They also emphasized their commitment to embark on aggressive campaigns and sensitization in both rural and urban areas to ensure that their fellow youths make the best choice at the polls.
Hon. Edeani M. Edeani JP, National President of the Nkanu Youth, signed the communique, alongside Hon. Jennifer Onovo, National Secretary, and Hon. Wenceslaus Ogbonnia, BOT Chairman.
They urged all eligible voters in Enugu state to cast their votes for Dr. Peter Mbah in the March 11th gubernatorial election and ensure that he secures 98% of all valid votes.
The Nkanu Youths expressed their confidence that with Dr. Mbah at the helm of affairs, Enugu state will experience a new dawn of progress and prosperity.
Thousands of Enugu teachers pledge massive votes for Gov Ugwuanyi, Mbah, PDP guber candidate
Thousands of teachers across Enugu State have trooped out to express their appreciation to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi over what they described as the robust welfare and packages they’ve been enjoying under his leadership, and to also endorse the senatorial aspiration and that of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Peter Mbah.
The excited teachers who recently disclosed this at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, during their annual Teachers Summit with the theme, “The Role of Teachers in Nation Building”, further explained that their decision to support Governor Ugwuanyi for senate and Barr. Peter Mbah for governor was because of the priority the current administration had given to education and the better welfare of teachers enabled by the government.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Post Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB) who is also a philanthropist and grassroots mobilizer, said that teachers play tremendous and important role in nation building through their sacrifices in the upbringing of students by impacting both moral values and knowledge-based skills in them.
She lauded the development strides of the governor in the 17 local government areas, stressing that teachers across the state, including secondary schools, are huge beneficiaries of the robust, excellent and good governance programmes of the administration.
According to her, secondary schools under Governor Ugwuanyi are wearing a new look, with construction and equipment of more classroom blocks, modern facilities such as computers, digital boards, Internet facilities, and electrification of some of the schools.
The chairman also disclosed that the governor had been paying salaries and pensions of teachers, including the release of appointments and promotions of staff in due time, adding that Barr. Mbah would continue from where the governor would stop.
Responding to the large numbers of teachers, Barr. Mbah expressed his profound appreciation for the massive support and solidarity given to his candidacy.
Barr. Mbah, while promising to partner with the teachers to enhance quality and affordable education for students, maintained that under his leadership, teacher’s welfare will continue to receive attention.
He urged them not to relent in pushing for a better future of students through hardwork, resilience and dedication to duties even as said he would build on the outstanding foundation already laid down by the governor in the education sector.
While calling on the teachers to keep faith with the PDP, the ruling party’s candidate enjoined them to come out in their huge population and overwhelmingly vote for him and other candidates of the party on the 25 of February and 11 of March, respectively.
On his part, the governor commended the teachers for their attitude towards learning, training and passion for their job, noting that Enugu students had been emerging first position in the national and international examinations.
He recalled that his administration had done well in the education sector through a number of changes and innovation that had reformed the sector, including massive investment in new infrastructure in education.
The governor who promised that his would-be successor, Barr. Mbah would do better than him when he assumes office, appealed to the gathering to continue to support the government as better packages that would improve the standard of living of the teachers will continue to roll out from their administration.
Enugu North zone holds mega rally, reaffirms support for PDP, Mbah, others
There was a wide jubilation among the people of Enugu North Senatorial District, otherwise known as Nsukka Zone, as they thronged the Nsukka Township Stadium to endorse and reaffirm their faith and confidence in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who is also the senatorial candidate of the zone, Dr. Peter Mbah, PDP governorship flagbearer, and other candidates from the zone.
The endorsement mega rally tagged, “Maka Udo Na Oga-N’iru Nsukka N’ime Enugu State” attracted thousands of Nsukka people, party supporters and critical stakeholders which had the new Nsukka township stadium filled to capacity also had the presence of all the traditional rulers from the area in attendance.
Various speakers at the event said they were comfortable and at home with the PDP because of the peace and security, massive infrastructure, robust healthcare system and other good governance the party had attracted to the state, especially the Nsukka Zone.
They further reiterated their earlier resolve to support and queue behind all the candidates of the party in the forthcoming general elections, saying the presence of the mammoth crowd at the endorsement rally was a confirmation that the people of Nsukka had already taken ownership of the project.
In his opening remark, the chairman of the planning committee and former deputy governor in the state, Dr. Okechukwu Itanyi, commended the people for coming out en masse to express their love and solidarity for the ruling party even as he noted that the results of the elections had already been decided with the turnout of the people.
While challenging those alleging that the governor had done nothing for the zone, the chairman pointed at the new township stadium, the recently established State University of Medical and Applied Sciences (SUMAS) at Igbo-Eno, the Opi-Nsukka Ring road, newly constructed roads at Uzo Uwani axis, and a number of world-class hospitals littered across the zone as some of the legacy projects of the Ugwuanyi’s administration.
Speaking on behalf of the House of Assembly candidates in the zone, Hon. Ezenta Ezeani explained that the purpose of the gathering by the breathtaking crowd was to make a strong statement in support of the PDP in response to the dividends of democracy they’d been enjoying under Governor Ugwuanyi.
He lauded the governor for giving the zone its first university teaching hospital and other life-changing projects that have been serving as catalyst for development and economic growth among the people, adding that Nsukka zone would reciprocate the uncommon gesture through their votes at the polls.
Appreciating the people for their support and faith over the past years, Barr. Ossai expressed satisfaction at the reception given to them, stressing that what happened was a sign of victory for the PDP.
Barr. Ossai further promised that their administration would continue from where the governor would stop even as he assured of better welfare, empowerment programmes and continuous landmark infrastructure in the area.
He urged the people to continue to ignore the antics of the opposition parties who had nothing to offer them. According to him, the only way the opposition members would be cured of their envy which he likened to an HIV was by voting for the PDP on election day.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mbah has promised that the Nsukka zone would be one of the first zones to feel the developmental mileages of his administration when elected.
The governorship hopeful who extolled the teeming crowd for embracing the candidates of the party, said he would not disappoint them when he assumes office.
He saluted the governor for his uncommon leadership trajectory and sacrifices which had ensured harmony and peaceful co-existence in the state, especially among the senatorial zones.
Expressing confidence that the elections were a done deal for the ruling party, Dr. Mbah urged the people to troop out en masse and vote for them in the February 25 and March 11 elections.
Also lending his voice, Governor Ugwuanyi maintained that the people had shown that his government had delivered massive good governance through their huge population at the rally.
Emphasizing that what happened at the event was a non partisan commitment and embrace of the quality of candidates produced by the PDP to represent the state in the next administration, he called on the people to keep faith with the party by voting wisely for all its candidates, even as he urged them to eschew violence and conduct themselves on the election day.
Mbah receives mother of all endorsements as Enugu West Zone rejects opposition parties
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has received an unprecedented massive endorsement from the various communities, towns and villages from the five local government areas in Enugu West Senatorial Zone who came out in large numbers to reaffirm their position about the forthcoming elections.
The mammoth crowd which took over Awgu town, on Sunday, to express their commitment and readiness to vote en masse for Dr. Mbah and other PDP candidates from the zone, declared that the ruling party had attracted laudable projects, massive infrastructure, and other empowerment packages that had improved the standard of living of their people.
The endorsement rally, tagged, “Enugu West United for Barr. Peter Mbah/Barr. Ifeanyi Ossai 2023” attracted the presence of the members of the business community, professional associations, farmers group, council of traditional rulers, clergymen, youth and women bodies who pledged to rally every eligible voter from the zone for the election of Dr. Mbah and his running mate, Barr Ossai.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Senator Ben-Collins Ndu, disclosed that they had converged on Awgu to reiterate their support and endorsement for Dr. Mbah’s candidacy, saying the zone had already made a choice and would ensure victory is delivered for him.
While recalling that in 2021, the people of Enugu West senatorial district came out through the Ifemelumma summit to demand for equity, justice and fairness through their support for zoning of power to Enugu East Senatorial Zone because of their firm belief that the right thing should be done, the former senator explained that God had used Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to answer their demand.
Explaining that the endorsement rally became necessary because of the progress of the zone and their unflinching commitment to a new Enugu State, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, who is a ranking member of the House of Representatives representing Aninri/Awgu/Oji River federal constituency stressed that the large population of people at the rally showed that they believed in the philosophy of “Tomorrow Is Here” as espoused by the governorship flagbearer in his manifesto.
He expressed confidence that the state under Dr. Mbah’s leadership would transform the state’s economy, reform the agricultural sector and ensure massive infrastructure when elected.
In their separate speeches, the Chairman of the council area, Hon. Pedro Nwankwo, Enugu West Zonal Chairman, Hon. Ozo Okey Ozoani, State Secretary of the party, Hon. Cletus Akalusi, Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Engr. Uche Ugwu, Co-chairman of the rally, Rt. Hon. Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi and the representative of the youths in the zone, Hon. Chidi Ilogebe, said they’d gathered as a people with common destiny and sense of oneness to speak with one resounding voice to endorse Dr. Mbah and assure him that he was their sole candidate.
They noted that after the endorsement, all the stakeholders would go back to their respective communities and villages to mine votes for the party.
According to the spokespersons, the zone would make PDP proud at the polls with their huge votes, adding that other parties had already been foreclosed in the zone.
On her part, the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, lauded the governorship hopeful for his dream for the people, saying that the various stakeholders who spoke at the rally had already revealed the minds of their people.
She moved a motion for the formal endorsement of the gubernatorial flagbearer, saying the zone would leave no stone unturned in rallying voters across the polling units for him.
The motion which received overwhelming acclamation of ovation and eruption of jubilation from the crowd, was seconded by another elder statesman and former Commissioner for Health, Hon. Ike Anike.
Reacting to the support, Dr. Mbah said there was no need for soothsayers to predict the likely outcome of the forthcoming polls, stressing that the presence of leaders, stakeholders, party faithful and the entire electorate foretold victory for the ruling party.
He said the massive endorsement of his candidacy was already sending jitters in the camps of the opposition parties even as he expressed confidence of landslide victory.
“With this massive endorsement, defeat is already staring at the opposition,” he added.
While commending Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for ensuring equity and justice in the primaries, Dr. Mbah assured the zone of his resolve to reward them with the dividends of democracy over their loyalty and uncommon gesture.
“We will reciprocate your support with massive infrastructure, and we are going to be guided by the principle of equity, fairness and justice which was started by the Governor Ugwuanyi’s government,” he said.
The entrepreneur who vowed that he would make the state the preferred destination for investment and tourism, while sustaining peace and security, enjoined the electorate to replicate their support to him and other PDP candidates at the polls by coming out en masse and voting for the party.
Responding to the cheering crowd, Governor Ugwuanyi extended his appreciation to the people for the support and commitment to his administration over the past years.
He called for a solemn prayer for the quick release of Senator Ike Ekweremadu who is presently facing trial in the United Kingdom, praying that God would vindicate him.
The governor further recalled that a rally was convened on the 17th of August, 2021 at the same venue where the people reiterated their position upholding zoning, equity and justice.
According to him, 18 months later, they reconvened in their large numbers to endorse the outcome of that decision, and appreciated them for holding unto that sense of justice through their solidarity and endorsement of the gubernatorial standard bearer.
He assured that electing Dr. Mbah as his successor would ensure laudable consolidation of the good governance which his administration had brought to the state while also encouraging them to vote for all the candidates of the PDP in the February 25 and March 11 elections.
Mass defection hits APC, PDP described as Enugu’s only hope for good governance
In a related development, thousands of All Progressives Congress, APC, members in the zone set their brooms ablaze while embracing the PDP at the endorsement rally.
Led by the former acting Chairman of the APC in the state, Hon. Gilbert Chikwado-Chukwu, the decampees declared their rejection of the APC, calling their action historic and the triumph of light and hope.
Hon. Chikwado-Chukwu who spoke on behalf of others, said they decided to join the ruling party because of the good governance and massive infrastructure the state is enjoying under the party.
While receiving the former APC members to the PDP and handing over umbrella to them, the chairman of the party in the state, Hon. Augustine Nnamani, commended them for taking the right step and assuring that the party would give them all the privileges being enjoyed by members.
“You have foresight for the realization that it’s only the PDP that can continue to transform the state through its excellent policies.
“I want to appreciate you because you recognize that in Enugu, there’s peace and security, massive infrastructure, thriving environment and other dividends of democracy,” he said.
The chairman called on the people to take the message of hope and the tomorrow that is here to their constituents by delivering massive victory to the PDP in their wards during the elections.
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