2023 GOVERNORSHIP AND
STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
EnuguDecides2023: Why I am supporting PDP’s Mbah for Governor -Jim Nwobodo
…entreats youths to reject calls for angry, vengeance voting
Chetanne Chinelo and Ikenna Igwe, Enugu
Days to the rescheduled March 18 Governorship and State Assembly elections, elder statesman and former governor of old Anambra State, Sen. Dr. Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo, has given reasons why he has steadily thrown his weight behind Dr. Peter Mbah, the Enugu State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, standard bearer in the 2023 governorship race.
Nwobodo made these revelations during a press conference in his Amechi country home held Sunday, March 12, 2023.
The revered second republic governor and former Minister said at his age, he wouldn’t stake his reputation for a candidate he wasn’t sure about.
Recalling how Mbah entered the guber race, Nwobodo stated that he found in Peter Mbah a good fit for the quality of leadership required in Enugu state.
“I have known Peter Mbah for a while, and…on one of his visits to my place in 2019, about four years ago, I asked him how he felt about the underdevelopment of Nkanu East. I asked that question because I felt he would do well as governor of Enugu, based on my interactions with him and his success in a difficult business sector.
“I also felt that the condition of Nkanu East, where he comes from, would move him to consider running for governor, even if it was not on his mind. He said he obviously felt bad about Nkanu East, and that he had done a few things for his people in his personal capacity.
“I then asked if he had thought of running for governor of Enugu State, now that it is the turn of Enugu east zone, because that is a surer way of improving the condition of Nkanu East. We left it at that and went on to discuss other things outside politics.
“On a subsequent visit, Peter told me he had been thinking of running for governor of Enugu state but was waiting for the right time to come and inform me. From then onwards, most of our conversations centered on his vision and mission for Enugu state. And each time we discussed, I saw his passion for developing Enugu state as a whole and not just Nkanu East”, he said.
He noted that he (Nwobodo) was able to leave verifiable footprints when he served as governor for four years because he governed the state with what he called “an entrepreneurial mindset”, a quality he argued Mbah possessed going by his (Mbah) imprints in the private sector.
“…the presidential election has come and gone, and we are going to the polls again on March 18, to elect a governor for Enugu state. The questions that should be on the minds of every person living in Enugu state are:
“Who among the governorship candidates took time to study and understand the problems of Enugu state?
“Peter Mbah’s Manifesto shows his deep understanding of the problems we face in Enugu state, and my interactions with him confirms it.
“Who among the candidates has a message that addresses the problems of the youths and the people of Enugu state, and the ability to address such problems?
“Peter Mbah’s manifesto is not just a rhetoric, it is a working document, with plans of action and timelines for delivery.
“Who among the candidates has demonstrated that ability in practical terms?
“Peter has built a corporate institution that has created jobs for young Nigerians and foreigners”, said Nwobodo.
Continuing, “My modest achievements as governor of the old Anambra state, in just four years, was largely because I managed the state with an entrepreneurial mindset. A mindset of delivering dividends to the people who gave me their mandates.
“I am today standing behind another entrepreneur, who is passionate and desirous of delivering on his mandate. His manifesto is a practical working document. He is ready to hit the ground running. He is not just an intelligent theorist; he has practically demonstrated his ability to deliver by building a marketing oil business from ground zero to a dominant Oil and Gas marketing institution that has overtaken the incumbent multinational oil marketing companies in Nigeria”.
Charging Enugu youths to reject calls for angry and vengeance voting, and encouraging them to shun all calls for violence, he assured them that Peter Mbah’s governance would surely excite young persons.
“For the youths, I implore you to reject calls to violence and go to your registered Polling Units on Saturday March 18, to vote for Peter Mbah, a job creator and the man who understands your pains. The man who will bring back Enugu to the status of the capital of old Eastern Region and the capital of Southeast.
“Please reject calls for angry and vengeance voting. Reject sentimental and clannish voting, that will keep Enugu in a state of stunted development. Take optimistic view and vote rationally and objectively for Peter Mbah.
“Peter Mbah’s plan of action includes innovative governance, which would surely excite the youths. He plans to adopt the same disruptive innovation, which saw Pinnacle overtake their multinational competitors, to change the lives of civil servants and teachers, and to make civil service and teaching, attractive careers.
“I give you my word, Peter Mbah will not disappoint the people of Enugu State”, he ended.
The press conference was attended by leaders from across the three senatorial zones, including the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Chuka Utazi; Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu; House Members, Hon. Nnolim Nnaji, Hon. Ofor Chukwuegbo, former senator, Gil Nnaji; and former House Member, Chief Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi.
Pacesetter authoritatively reports that the political atmosphere in Enugu State appears charged.
The four-horse race involves Peter Ndubuisi Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party, Frank Nweke Jr of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Uche Nnaji Nwakibie of the All Progressives Congress and Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party.
Although there are other candidates, the four mentioned candidates are considered the major candidates.
Analysts believe that since the return to democracy in 1999, this election will be the most keenly contested governorship election in a state that has been predominantly PDP.
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