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The Conference Of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Enugu State chapter, has decried what it described as politics of calumny, bitterness, acrimony and falsehood against Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, saying that they have, for sometime now, “observed the trending political issues in the social media and other news prints in Enugu state.”
In a statement jointly signed by the state Chairman, Chief (Hon) Dr Afam Samuel Ani, and the state Secretary, Hon. Aduaka Anthony, the members and executives of the state chapter of the CNPP noted that “it is rather unfortunate and smacks of the truth against the person of the incumbent Governor of Enugu state Rt (Hon) Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
“For record purposes,the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) primaries for House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Governorship were slated for 21st to 25th May, 2022.
“All interested candidates who procured the forms were given a level playing field to participate. At the end, the delegates spoke through the ballot box and Barr Peter Ndubuisi Mbah emerged victorious in the governorship primaries. The Enugu state people breathed a sigh of relief”, the CNPP said.
The CNPP noted that “to prove his magnanimity in victory, Barr Peter Ndubuisi Mbah was never carried away by the victory. He solicited the hands of fellow contenders in building another phase of Enugu State.
“However, some of them were recalcitrant. The greedy ones among them went in search of alternate political party. This was never viewed from a negative perspective as this could satisfy their ambition to Lion Building.
“It is rather unfortunate that some decided to pull string on the incumbent Governor of Enugu state. They went about cooking up falsehood and innuendos against Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
“One of these politics of bitterness falsehood was a recent publication by one Brendan Okpe, if real name,who was used as a tannoy by some Enugu political hedgehogs to do this yomans job.
“In his publication, Mr Okpe tried all possible avenue to give the impression that Nsukka people are no longer happy with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
“He said that after the monumental betrayal of Nsukka interest in the gubernatorial primaries by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, that he has gone further to stop the ambition of Hon Barr Chijioke Edeoga.
“He went further to say that Chief Everest Nnaji was being projected by the state government to replace Hon Barr Chijioke Edeoga in the gubernatorial position in Labour Party and that the financial inducement to INEC for that purpose failed”, the CNPP noted.
CNPP Enugu state chapter then asked Brendan Okpe the several questions, includin “Was he among the delegation sent to present the money to INEC officials?
“Is Chief Everest Nnaji or any other, not eligible to vie for gubernatorial position in Labour Party against Hon Barr Chijioke Edeoga?
“The Obidients movement you mentioned, is it focused at Presidential ticket or state? And so, what makes one jittery in Enugu State?
“Do you think that Barr Peter Ndubuisi Mbah is a colossus with feet of clay?”, the statement stated.
The CNPP noted that in the past 24 years of democracy in Nigeria, three Governors have been in saddle of the leadership in the state, insisting that “Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has penned down his name on marble in the state in general and Nsukka in particular.
Taking a close look at the Governor’s key developmental strides in Nsukka and it’s environs, the CNPP itemised the State University of Medical Sciences, Igbo Eno, State Secretariate Annex in Nsukka, the 5000 seat capacity ultra modern Nsukka Township Stadium, the Amenity Hospital in Ogurute, the 12km Opi – Nsukka dual carriage road to UNN gate, that used to be known as second Adada River and the 26.66km Ukpabi – Nimbo – Ugbene Ajima – Eziani Road.
The political parties also listed the 22.443km Neke – Mbu – Ogbodu Aba-Obollo Etiti Road as part of the key foot prints of Governor Ugwuanyi in Nsukka.
“Else we forget, let us also remember that under his leadership as the executive Governor, that he has been prompt in paying workers salary as at when due,not minding the economic hardship the country has been facing all this while even when some states can’t meet up with the payment of worker’s salaries.
“Did we also forget that workers were been owed backlog of salaries before his coming in as Governor and what did he do when he came in, He cleared all, etc. The list is endless. Nsukka has never had it so good.
“After all these, Brendan Okpe was able to say that the Governor has faced unprecedented rejection in Nsukka land.
“We see this as a baseless claim and see it as statement meant to satisfy the wants of his paymasters.
“We also see the alleged rally in support of Peter Obi in Nsukka as orchestrated to drive home their inordinate ambition.
We the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) Enugu state chapter (the voice of the masses in Enugu state) wish to warn the detractors under any guise to desist from disturbing the peace Enugu state has enjoyed for the past 7 years and still counting.
“We will not fold our hands and watch any political miscreant bring to ridicule the administration that has transformed the life of Enugu state citizens including the down trodden, positively.
Politics should be played by the norms of the game and not to bring unrest among the populace.
“CNPP will go all out to a peaceful protest to denounce and counter negative actions against the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi which has brought relief and succor to the citizens of the state”, the statement concluded.