Former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo has endorsed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, for the governorship of the state in the March 18 gubernatorial election, saying he would not disappoint.
Senator Nwobodo said Mbah’s manifesto was not rhetoric, but “a working document, with plans of action and timelines for delivery for addressing the challenges of the people of Enugu”, and enjoined the people of Enugu State to reject divisive calls, sentimental and clannish voting that will keep Enugu in a state of stunted development, “take optimistic view and vote rationally and objectively for Peter Mbah”.
Nwobodo made the endorsement on Sunday at a press conference at his Amechi Awkunanw country home attended by leaders from across the three senatorial zones, including the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Chuka Utazi; Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu; House Members, Hon. Nnolim Nnaji, Hon. Ofor Chukwuegbo, former senator, Gil Nnaji; and former House Member, Chief Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi.
He said, “At my age and stage in life, I cannot stake my reputation for anyone without taking time to understand who that person is.
Each time we discussed, I saw Mbah’s passion for developing Enugu State as a whole and not just Nkanu East.
“In all these years I had conversations with Peter, I took time to see through the person called Peter Mbah, his temperament, his interpersonal and leadership skills, and found him a good fit for the quality of leader required in Enugu State at this time.
“Peter Mbah is not coming from the streets or coming from one government appointment to another.
“The questions that should be on the minds of every person living in Enugu State are: who among the governorship candidates took time to study and understand the problems of Enugu State? Peter Mbah’s manifesto shows his deep understanding of the problems we face in Enugu State, and my interactions with him confirm it.
“Who among the candidates has a message that addresses the problems of the youths and the people of Enugu State, and the ability to address such problems? Peter Mbah’s manifesto is not just rhetoric; it is a working document, with plans of action and timelines for delivery.
“Who among the candidates has demonstrated that ability in practical terms? Peter has built a corporate institution that has created jobs for young Nigerian and foreigners.
“Our problems are man-made, and they can be solved by man; and a man with big dreams. A man whose manifesto resonates with people across gender, age, and tribe. Peter Mbah is that man, going by my knowledge of who he is”.
He said that Mbah’s entrepreneurial pedigree put him miles ahead of other candidates, adding that it is time to run governance of Enugu State like business, a mindset he said, propelled his achievements as governor of the old Anambra State.
“My modest achievements as governor of old Anambra State, in just four years, was largely because I managed the state with an entrepreneurial mindset. A mindset of delivering dividends to the people who gave me their mandate. I believe the infrastructural and human development dividends I delivered in the three states I governed, are there for all to see and verify.
“I am today standing behind another entrepreneur, who is passionate and desirous of delivering on his mandate. His manifesto is a practical working document. He is ready to hit the ground running. He is not just an intelligent theorist; he has practically demonstrated his ability to deliver by building a marketing oil business from ground zero to a dominant Oil and Gas marketing institution that has overtaken the incumbent multinational oil marketing companies in Nigeria.
“Peter Mba’s Pinnacle Oil and Gas Company employs over 5,000 staff of both Nigerians and expatriates. His Pinnacle Oil Company sells their products at government-fixed prices, and this has helped in alleviating the sufferings of, not just Enugu people, but Nigerians in general, even when he is not governor.
“Peter Mbah’s plan of action includes innovative governance, which would surely excite the youths. He plans to adopt the same disruptive innovation, which saw Pinnacle overtake its multinational competitors, to change the lives of civil servants and teachers to make civil service and teaching attractive careers”, he stated.
The elder statesman also said that based on his several discussions with Mbah, he “found he is someone, who sees diversity as gift, not division, and believes all residents of Enugu are stakeholders that should be treated equally”.
The octogenarian implored the youths especially to vote for someone, who could restore Enugu and also give them a better future they deserved.
“For the youths, I implore you to go to your respective Polling Units on Saturday, March 18, to vote for Peter Mbah, a job creator and the man, who understands your pains; the man, who will bring back Enugu to the status of the capital of old Eastern Region and the capital of Southeast.
“I give you my word, Peter Mbah will not disappoint the people of Enugu State. Peter Mbah is an inspiration to the youths. Vote for Peter Mbah, for Enugu State of your dream”, he concluded.