May 17, 2022

Wawa News Global (WNG)

Your most dependable platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria

2023: Nike clan seeks stakeholders’ support for governorship position

Map of Enugu State

2023: Nike clan seeks stakeholders’ support for governorship position

Our Reporter

Map of Enugu State

The Chairman, Nike Patriotic Front, Dr. Sam Ngwu has appealed to political leaders and stakeholders in Enugu State to support the agitation for Nike clan to produce the governor of the state in 2023.

Ngwu made the appeal when members of the group and traditional rulers from the area under the auspices of ‘Kwado Nike 2023’ paid a courtesy call on former Enugu State governor, Bar. Sullivan Chime.

He said that their agitation was anchored on justice, fairness and equity.

Ngwu said that the people of Nike had made enormous contributions in the development of the state.

According to him, 99.9 per cent of their resources had been used to develop Enugu metropolis.

“Our children’s inheritance has been donated to the state government and used to develop Enugu. We want our people to be considered for the governorship position come 2023,” he said.

He said that Enugu East/Isiuzo Federal Constituency remained the only federal constituency in Enugu East Senatorial Zone that had not produced either governor or deputy governor.

“Other federal constituencies in the zone have produced governors, deputy governors, ministers, ambassador, senate president, secretary to the state government and federal permanent secretary.

READ ALSO:  Free Yuletide transport: Enugu govt releases time-table for returning indigenes * Lists more states to benefit

“We are pleading with the stakeholders to consider Nike in 2023,” Ngwu said.

Also, the traditional ruler of Iji Nike, Igwe Julius Nnaji, appealed to the former governor to support the aspiration by Nike people.

Nnaji said that Nike had notable people that could hold the position and consolidate on the achievements of successive administrations.

The traditional ruler said that it was unfair that in spite of the fact that their people had contributed enormously to the development of the state through the donation of their resources but they were relegated behind.

“We are not particular about any candidate but let the next governor be from Nike land. It can be anyone and we have those qualified to hold the position,” he said.

Nnaji commended the former governor for the unprecedented achievements that were recorded by his administration which he said placed Enugu on the global map.

Responding, Mr Sullivan Chime said that there was no formal governorship zoning arrangement in the state.

However, the former governor said that it would be in the interest of the state if the current rotation of the governorship seat from one senatorial zone to the other was sustained.

READ ALSO:  Edeoga felicitates Nwodo @ 70

According to him, his administration sustained such arrangement with the hope that it would last, adding that it made the cost of prosecuting elections then low.

On the argument that the next governor of the state could come from any zone since the three zones had had their fair shares, Chime said, “you cannot be rotating the governorship position and be going back.

“In 2013 we went for a town-hall meeting at Nike Lake Resort. One journalists asked me where we will be going to in 2015 and I said Nsukka.

“We had hoped that after Nsukka the real zoning will set in. It is for the governor to look at how he came in. If he likes it let him pass it to the next generation,” he said.

Chime said that about 80 per cent of aspirants that contested the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries with him prior to his first tenure were from Enugu North Senatorial District.

READ ALSO:  2nd Term- Ugwuanyi's goodwill and challenge of development

Chime said that he was of the firm belief that the next governor of the state needed to come from Enugu East Senatorial District.

On the request by Nike Patriotic Front for the former governor to throw his weight behind a governor of Nike extraction, Chime said:

“You have a strong case but you must come up with someone you must present to the people for consideration.

“All the people we are hearing that want to run for the position are those who brought out themselves. Reach out to your people from other local government areas.

“As a governor, you have the entire state as your constituency and nobody should from your activities link you to any community,” he said.

Chime urged members of the people of Nike to use their umbrella body to achieve their aspiration.

Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email [email protected]; [email protected] Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

WaWa News Global (WNG) will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.
%d bloggers like this: