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Enugu West backs East for 2023 governorship


[FILES] Ugwuanyi

National Assembly lawmakers boycott rally over power shift

The people of Enugu West Senatorial District have declared that Enugu East Senatorial District should produce the next governor in 2023, based on the rotational arrangement, which was reaffirmed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders at its caucus meeting in 2013.


The people of Enugu West Senatorial District took the decision during the well-attended solidarity rally tagged: “Ife-Emelumma, Enugu West Unity Rally for Gburugburu” at the Awgu Council Secretariat at the weekend. 

Speaking at the rally which was graced by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi, State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Augustine Nnamani, present and former members of the National and State Assemblies, Chairmen of Aninri, Awgu, Ezeagu, Oji-River and Udi councils, traditional and religious leaders, among others, the convener and chairman of the Central Organising Committee of the rally, Senator Ben Collins Ndu, told Ugwuanyi that the people of Enugu West Senatorial District assembled to support the zoning of the governorship position to Enugu East Senatorial District come 2023. 

Ndu, who disclosed that Enugu West Senatorial District was in support of Ugwuanyi and his decision regarding his successor in 2023, maintained that the people were in support of the decision of the state caucus of the PDP in 2013, that the governorship position of Enugu State should rotate to Enugu East Senatorial District after the tenure of the incumbent governor. 


He added it was based on PDP’s zoning decision that Ugwuanyi, who hails from  Enugu North Senatorial District emerged governor in 2015.

In their goodwill messages, members of the State House of Assembly in Enugu West Senatorial District, chairmen of the five councils of the zone, members of the State Executive Council (EXCO), chairmen of PDP at the council level, traditional rulers and youths, among others, restated that it was the turn of Enugu East Senatorial District to produce Ugwuanyi’s successor in 2023. 

Addressing the crowd, Ugwuanyi thanked the people of Enugu West Senatorial District for their confidence in his leadership and reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to act in their best interest as he had always done.


“Your message is clear and understood in all ramifications. May God grant your prayers and heart’s desires,” he said.

Dignitaries who attended the rally are, Hon. Ofor Chukwuegbo, Cornelius Nnaji, Senator Hyde Onuaguluchi, U.S.A Igwesi, Chinyeaka Ohaa, and Dr. Tony Okam, among others.

But former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, was conspicuously absent from the rally to drum up support for power shift in the state at the weekend.


Also absent at the rally were representatives of Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency and Aninri/Oji River/Awgu Federal Constituency in House of Representatives, Dennis Oguerinwa and Toby Okechukwu.

Ekweremadu, Okechukwu, and Oguerinwa and their supporters, however, attended the Aju Cultural Festival, organized by Ugbo Community, which also held at the Awgu Council, having been fixed for the same day and time.

Ekweremadu declined to comment on his reason for his absence at the rally in which his constituency declared support for the aspiration of Enugu East senatorial zone to produce Ugwuanyi’s successor, while Okechukwu, simply said “out of context when asked why he was absent from the rally.


Speaking, Ekweremadu commended the people of the community for upholding their cultural heritage, stressing that the sanctity of culture and its norms would always keep any society going.

“We shall continue to show why we are Igbo. The tradition of Igbo people will never die,” he said and admonished those initiated during the festival to be good ambassadors of their community.

Okechukwu, who stated that the festival was observed every three years, said they inherited it from their forebears, adding that anyone initiated into it signified that he had come of age and could now partake in community service.


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