ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Members of Udi/Ezeagu Progressive Alliance (UEPA) in Enugu State, have declared their unwavering support for all the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general election.
According to the group, their decision to support the PDP was because of the respect they have for the state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who is the leader of the PDP in Enugu State and the South East geo-political zone.
Speaking yesterday during the 4th phase of empowerment programme of UEPA in support of Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration, the Director General of the group, Ozo Onyebuchi Ani, said they are overwhelmed by the unique leadership qualities of the governor and his good works in Enugu State in spite of the state’s lean resources and the nation’s economic, security and public health challenges.
Ani said Ugwuanyi, who graced the event, became Governor at the most difficult period in the nation’s economic development but has been able to manage the affairs of Enugu State peacefully and successfully.
The Director General stated that it was unfortunate that some people with ulterior motives have deliberately refused to acknowledge the good works of the Governor in spite of the challenges he met on ground when he assumed office, assuring that: “We will continue to follow you (Ugwuanyi), as governor of Enugu State, and as a Senator in 2023, in Jesus name, Amen.”
He commended the Governor on his steadfastness, resilience and visionary approach towards the progress of the state.
He said: “You have done well in spite of the nation’s economic challenges. You assumed office when the economy of the country was in shambles but you were able to manage the affairs of the state peacefully and successfully. Anybody undermining your efforts has an ulterior motive.”
He thanked Ugwuanyi for the emergence of a youth from Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency, Engr. Osita Ngwu (RG), as the candidate of the PDP for Enugu West Senatorial District and the Patron of UEPA cum former Chief of Staff of the governor, Rt. Hon. Dr. Festus Uzor, as the PDP candidate for Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency.
“Your Excellency, you are the father of the state. You have been a father to this noble association. You have been a guardian to this noble association. There was never a day we called on you that you did not answer us. We give glory to God for giving us a man like you. It is not easy. Here we are doing this ceremony today in a quiet environment. It is not easy. It is a divine gift from God through you.
“I want to put it straight to you sir that we are grateful to you. And we want to thank you that today, Udi/Ezeagu is going to have a Senator in the person of Engr. Osita Ngwu. We want to thank you again because he is a youth. He will perform wonders.
“As if that is not enough, our Patron, your former Chief of Staff, Rt. Hon. Dr. Festus Uzor, emerged the candidate of the PDP for Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency.
“Please, Your Excellency, deliver Dr. Festus Uzor for us. Help us to deliver him. Help us to deliver Engr. Osita Ngwu, help us to deliver all the PDP candidates in our state.
“We, the members of Udi/Ezeagu Progressive Alliance, are for the PDP. And why we made it possible for the PDP is because of your influence.
“Gburugburu (Ugwuanyi), Udi/Ezeagu Progressive Alliance has decided to follow you after your tenure as the governor to any other place you will go because where you are going is far,” the Director General said.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman of Udi Local Government Area, Hon. Philip Okoh, on behalf of the people of Udi and Ezeagu LGAs, welcomed the Governor and expressed gratitude to him for gracing the occasion.
Dignitaries at the event held at Enugu Sports Club, GRA, Enugu, include, Engr. Ngwu (RG), Rt. Hon. Dr. Uzor, Chief Ozongwu, and the club’s Chairman, Barr. John Henry Nwosu.