Enugu: Ahead of the February 23, 2022 Enugu State Local Government Council Election, the State’s Executive Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi led the Local Government Elections campaign train of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to Ndeagboh, the Headquarters of Aninri LGA on Saturday, 12th February, 2022.

The Governor was received at the Ultra modern 2,000 persons capacity Pavillion built by the Council’s Executive Chairman, Hon Chief Ezekiel Chukwu, by a jubilant and massive crowd comprising Aninri Stakeholders, traditional rulers, party faithfuls, youths and women.

Speaking at rally, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives who represents Aninri/Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Toby Okechukwu, told Governor Ugwuanyi that “leadership of the state (Enugu) is in your hands and we have to appreciate that and we will always remain loyal and respect the leader’s approach”.

Hon. Okechukwu commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the way he has been leading them in particular and the people of Enugu State in general.

The federal lawmaker, who informed the audience that the Senator representing Enugu West Senatorial District, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was unable to attend the rally because of flight cancellation in Abuja, also applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for entrenching peace in Enugu State, noting that: “If there is no peace, there won’t be progress and the peace you have brought shall follow you anywhere you go”.

He assured the governor that they will deliver the PDP and its candidates overwhelmingly in the forthcoming Local Government elections in the state.

“Your Excellency, what we promise is that we will make our commitment and do the needful to make sure that our candidates sail through and we will support the party and we will also support the candidates”, Hon. Okechukwu said.

Also speaking, the member representing Aninri Constituency in the Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Okwu Chinedu Otaka, described Gov. Ugwuanyi as the leader of the party in the state and “decider of our political fate.”

Stressing that Gov. Ugwuanyi is the leader, Hon. Otaka said: “We have no two governors except Gov. Ugwuanyi, Gburugburu, Nwoke Obi Oma.

“We are behind you (Ugwuanyi), whatever you tell us to do is what we will do. You are the leader of the party in the state. Tell us what to do and we will do it”.

Earlier in his welcome speech, the Council Chairman, Hon Ezekiel Chukwu, eulogized Governor Ugwuanyi for his legacy of peace, “Your Excellency, you are a man of peace. I want to assure you of the total support of Ndị Aninri.

“As a Chairman, I did my best and I will support our party’s Chairmanship candidate, Hon Chief Bennet Aja, Igwe C. Mennia, to also come into office and do his own best too”

Other speakers at the event, namely, the State Commissioner for Labour and Productivity, Hon. Uche Ogbonna, the Enugu West Senatorial District Chairman of the PDP, Ozo Okey Ozoani, and the LG Party Chairman, Hon. Victor Okoro, all lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi’s peace and grassroots development initiatives in the state, assuring him of their unflinching support and loyalty.

They maintained that Aninri LGA remained a stronghold of PDP and expressed gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi, the state leadership of the PDP and party members in Aninri LGA for the emergence of Hon. Benneth Ajah as the chairmanship candidate of PDP in the forthcoming LG polls, pointing out that Ajah is a good man, philanthropist and human capital developer.

Prayers were offered for Gov. Ugwuanyi by the Traditional Rulers of Aninri LGA who described the governor as a good man and beseeched God to continue to bless and give him the wisdom to govern of Enugu State with the fear of God.

PDP flags were presented to the councillorship candidates of the party in Aninri LGA by the State Chairman, Hon. Augustine Nnamani amidst ecstatic jubilation.

Addressing the jubilant crowd, Gov. Ugwuanyi thanked the people of Aninri LGA for their support for his administration and the PDP, as well as their unanimous acceptance of the party’s chairmanship candidate, Hon. Ajah and his deputy, Hon. Okechukwu Njokuoti.

Other dignitaries at the rallies include Senator Ben Collins Ndu; former House of Representatives members, Hon. K.G.B. Oguakwa and Hon. Chijioke Edeoga; ex-Minister of Aviation, Amb. Mrs. Fidelia Njeze; former State Chairmen of the PDP, Chief Engr. Vita Abba and Chief Ikeje Asogwa, Executive Chairman, Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, ENSUBEB and Sir Chinedu Ani, Chancellor, Coal City University.

Others include Hon Barr Okezie Nwanjoku, former Enugu State Commissioner for Youths and Sports / Former Chairman, Aninri LGA, Prince Tony Nwonye, Former Chairman, Aninri LGA and Hon Mrs Stella Ekweremadu, widow of Late Chief Mathias Ekweremadu, Jnr.

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