‘Why Ugwuanyi won’t join issues with political detractors’ | The Guardian Nigeria News

Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, said he is committed to serving Enugu State people, who gave him their mandate on two occasions and would therefore not be distracted by overzealous politicians.
Ugwuanyi, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media, Barrister Steve Oruruo, explained that he will continue his programme of quiet infrastructural and human capital development to the end of his term.

Oruruo said it was normal for politicians nursing various ambitions to make spurious claims about their capacity or influence, especially as the 2023 general elections draw near, adding that the governor does not take the monumental support of Ndi-Enugu for granted.
He spoke against the background of attempts by some politicians to heat up the polity in Enugu State through arguments about the power rotation arrangement that has not only been in existence in the state but is well enshrined in the Constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to his media aide, “There are many ongoing projects initiated by our dear governor, which he wants to see to their completion. The first-ever long span flyover at the Nike Lake Road T junction, which is geared towards relieving commuters of perennial traffic snarl, has attained more than 70 percent competition.

“The 200-Bed ESUT Teaching Hospital project in Nsukka and other rural development initiatives are what the governor is particular about more than politicking. His Excellency is focused on his mandate and would not like to join issues with those, who want to distract him or plunge the state into unnecessary chaos over political permutations.”
Oruruo disclosed that Governor Ugwuanyi will continue to pursue his inclusive and ecumenist style of leadership, stressing that the approach has endeared the governor to many people both in Enugu and Nigeria as a whole.
“Peace and harmonious social co-existence mean the world to His Excellency, who, as a child of God has continued to restrain himself from joining issues with those whose stock in trade is stoking misunderstanding. Thankfully, he had successfully engendered a reengineering of the political psyche of the people to embrace peace, conciliation and love for one another, as opposed to unbridled violence since inception of this regime,” he stated.

While stressing that Enugu people know it has been traditional to move the governorship from one senatorial district to another, Oruruo explained that the power-sharing arrangement was not the making of Governor Ugwuanyi, but that of the founding fathers of the state.
He stated: “It is possible that some people want to destabilise the government in Enugu State, but as you can see our peace-loving governor has maintained his focus. Notable leaders and elder statesmen have spoken and the situation is clear that zoning exists and must continue to exist in the state.”


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