Leaders of thought drawn from the three senatorial zones of Enugu State have reaffirmed their support for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah.
The leaders said their support was sequel to Dr. Mbah’s adoption as the sole candidate of Enugu East senatorial zone in tandem with the established power rotation principle that had seen power go seamlessly revolve around the three geopolitical zones of the State.
This was even as the leaders appealed to residents of Enugu State to help the State to maintain the tradition in the interest of the peace and development of the state because Enugu is also their home.
The elders spoke in Enugu on Thursday during a meeting that attracted serving political office holders, prominent traditional rulers, and other critical stakeholders from across the state, including the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo; former President of the Senate, Chief Ken Nnamani; former governor of Enugu State, Barr. Sullivan Chime; former governor of Enugu State, Senator Jim Nwobodo; Chairman Enugu North Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe R.S.N Ezeh; among numerous others.
Speaking, the Chairman, Enugu North Senatorial District Council of Traditional, Igwe Ezeh, recalled that the traditional rulers of the Zone came together and presented an ofo (traditional symbol of authority and justice) to Dr. Mbah in affirmation of the decision of his party and the people of Enugu East Senatorial zone to adopt him as their candidate.
“While the traditional rulers are neutral and also bless candidates, irrespective of their political parties, Dr. Peter Mbah was the only governorship candidate we gave the Ofo and that is quite symbolic. We stand by that decision”, Igwe Ezeh stated.
On his part, Senator Ken Nnamani said the choice of Mbah resonated with the power rotation principle, justice, and Enugu’s quest for credible and capable leaders.
“What I see in Mbah is a candidate our people are unanimously in support of. No one person produced him. I see him as an independent-minded person. I see him as a trustee of the people. Let nobody go home and say that Peter can be driven by anybody. He can respect people, but he is very firm; and remember, once he is elected governor he will act like one.
“First, we agreed that in the interest of the peace, stability, and development of Enugu State, we should maintain the power rotation principle. Enugu agreed that it is the turn of Enugu East senatorial zone.
“Following the emergence of our sons from various political parties, we went inside again and looked at who will best transform the state, who has the pedigree to attract investments, who has the track record, who has built something we can see and attest to, and who can best serve the state. Our people had a consensus that Peter Mbah is their governorship candidate.
“We are not saying that our other sons are not good; no. We are only saying that Mbah stands out as the right person to lead Enugu State at this point in time. Mbah ticked all the boxes.
“So, we are going to support him to be the governor. He is an entrepreneur and his manifesto is very rich. He spelt out what he is going to do for Enugu State”, Nnamani stated.
In his remarks, former governor, Sullivan Chime, reiterated that the governorship of Enugu State should not be based on political party.
He said that just as during the presidential election, capacity, competence, character and track record should be the watchword in Enugu gubernatorial election.