Even as a number of presidential candidates of the various registered political parties target each other’s jugulars, ahead of the presidential election on February 25, 2023, stakeholders in Enugu East Senatorial Zone of Enugu State, South-East Nigeria, just may have resolved to dispense with rancor in who becomes the next number one citizen of the state.
Consequently, they have publicly endorsed Dr. Peter Mbah of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as their preferred governorship candidate ahead of the March 11, 2023, gubernatorial elections across most states of the country that do not fall under 0ff-season elections.
This they did at during a well-attended rally of political chieftains and supporters across various political parties held in Enugu on Friday, tagged Enugu East Senatorial District Endorsement Rally for Dr. Peter Ndubuishi Mbah: Our Choice for Gubernatorial Election.
It was an occasion in which some members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Labour Party (LP), among other political parties, openly identified with the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate.
Notably, chieftains and supporters of the APC in the state were particularly enthusiastic in the celebration of the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate, saying they believed in Mbah’s ability to deliver good governance and transform the state if elected.
Addressing the audience on behalf of the APC card-carrying members at the rally, a former State Chairman of the party and a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Dr. Ben Nwoye, disclosed that they resolved to support Mbah.
Nwoye said that they adopted Mbah’s candidacy despite being members of the opposition party, because, according to him, of the robust and excellent manifesto presented by the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate.
Nwoye explained that he had studied the contents of the manifesto of the PDP gubernatorial flagbearer and found it exceptional for the development of the state.
The renowned lawyer revealed that they were attracted to Mbah because of his integrity, character, capacity and ability to deliver exponential economic boom and change the face of the state.
He noted that members of the APC in the state believed in competence and leadership qualities, rather than party sentiments in the choice of who rules the state.
The Chairman, Planning Committee of the rally and Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr. Edward Ubosi, said that the zone would always show gratitude for the uncommon gesture.
Ubosi, who noted the crowd gathered at the Michael Okpara Square for one reason, stated that the agenda was to inform the governor and the people of the state that the only gubernatorial candidate they recognise and would support was Mbah.
He recalled that Mbah had been enjoying massive endorsements, acceptance and support from different sections of the state, including traditional rulers and elder statesmen, which lent credence to the rally.
Speaking, the chairmen of the six local government areas in the zone said they attended the rally to reassure Mbah and the state of their support, saying they would deliver their respective local governments for the candidate.
The former governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, while expressing joy over the display of overwhelming support for the PDP gubernatorial flagbearer, posited that feelers from the political atmosphere pointed that Mbah would win with landslide.
Nwobodo commended the governor for his foresight and selfless commitment to the development of the state, urging him to disregard the few disgruntled elements hurling abuses at him because of his goodwill.
Describing Mbah as young, vibrant and intelligent, the elder statesman urged the people to avail themselves the opportunity provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collect their permanent voter’s card and vote for the PDP.
Similarly, the spokespersons of the various other political, professional and civil society groups pledged to work for the victory of Mbah at the polls, adding that they had already taken ownership of the project.
They commended Enugu Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for honouring his words not only by adhering to the established zoning principle in the state but also for the choice of Mbah whom they extolled as the most outstanding, competent and dependable candidate among the other gubernatorial candidates.
In their separate speeches, representatives of traders’ associations, academics, traditional rulers of Enugu East Senatorial zone, religious bodies, the National Assembly, and women’s groups, including Mr. Steve Aniagu, Professor Christian Ngwu, His Royal Highness Abel Nwobodo, Reverend Emmanuel Edeh, Mr. Ofor Chukwuegbo, and Mrs. Rita Mbah, respectively, espoused their unflinching support for Mbah.
While enumerating the various empowerment programmes Ugwuanyi created to assist traders in the state, Aniagu explained that traders in the state had bought into the project, pledging that they would keep spreading Mbah’s outstanding message of hope among their members.
Ngwu, who commended the governor for being a man of integrity whose words are bankable, declared that the academic community had unanimously adopted Mbah’s candidacy and keyed into the laudable governorship project.
Edeh, who is the Enugu State Chairman of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), promised that the teeming members would queue behind Mbah on the election day.
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