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Enugu Guber: 260 Ward Councillors Vow To Align With Whoever Gov. Ugwuanyi Anoints As Successor

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The 260 ward councilors of Enugu State have pledged to support any candidate the Governor anoints to succeed him, insisting that it is his prerogative as the case of his predecessors.

The councillors made this known in a communiqué issued on Friday in Enugu at the end of a one day summit on April 29, 2022.

According to the statement, it is a tradition in Enugu State that the Governor as the leader of the State, decides the most qualified person to succeed him.

“It is the prerogative of the Governor in the tradition of his predecessors to anoint a candidate who will continue with his good works.

“We call on the Governor to show us the light as we pledge to align completely.

“The 260 councilors who are statutory delegates shall ensure that their bloc votes shall be to the choice of the Governor to the exclusion of no vote.

The communique explained that the arrangement had brought stability in Enugu State political space since the return of democracy in 1999.

The councilors reaffirmed the position of the Peoples Democratic Party Enugu State on zoning of the Governorship position to Enugu East Senatorial zone, reviewed the economic and security situation in the State and agreed to make the forum a platform to enhance/deepen democracy in Enugu State, particularly in view of 2023 general election.

“Any candidate contesting from any other zone is fermenting trouble and same shall be treated as a trouble maker.

“We condemn in strongest term the attitude of some political parties and/or political gladiators who has become so desperate ahead of the 2023 general election.

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It enjoined all and sundry to join hands with the Governor to continue with the good work he is doing in Enugu State.

The statement equally commended the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commision (ENSIEC) for the peaceful conduct of the 18th February, 2022 Local Government election.

“We x-rayed the conduct of the election and agreed that the election was free, fair and transparent as even acknowledged by about five opposition parties that participated.

“We hereby call on the Independent National Electoral Commission to borrow a leaf from the ENSIEC in conducting and delivering free, fair and credible elections especially in 2023.

The Forum also passed a vote of confidence on the Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuaji, for his commitment to freeing the democratic space, engineering peace, security and his disposition to bi-partisanship all which were responsible for conduct of free and fair election in the state.

The statement enjoined all the 260 Councilors to raise awareness of the voter registrations in the grassroots and call on indigenes/residents of Enugu State to take advantage of the ongoing registration of Voters by INEC to register to vote, thereby arming themselves with the requisite tools to elect their leaders.

The Forum thanked the 17 Local Government Areas Chairmen for the manner they have related to the Councilors as partners in the progress of the Local Government Areas without threats and further pledged to work with them for the good of the masses.

“We further wish to thank more particularly the ALGON Chairman Hon. Solomon Onah Izuchukwu for redefining grassroot leadership which has metamorphosed into progressive Councillors of today in Enugu State.

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“We hereby undertake to work closely with the Chairmen and make good legislation for the betterment of the people.”

Earlier, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, admonished the councillors against eye service, urging them to reciprocate the goodwill of the Governor by being loyal and commited to the party leadership.

Mr. Ubosi, who reminded them that leadership was about service and adding value to the people, urged them to make impact and also assured them of continued partnership.

In the same vein, the Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Enugu State, Hon. Solomon Onah, said the councillors owe the governor loyalty, while charging them not to be deceived in any guise by any individual.

Mr. Onah cautioned them against being at loggerheads with their Chairmen, emphasizing the need to see themselves as partners to improve the living conditions of the people.

He reminded them that they were elected to serve the people and to provide solutions to their challenges.

In attendance were the 260 councilors across 17 local government areas of the state, made up of the leadership of the councilors forum as well as members.

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