Ahead of the Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s Kinsmen, the Nsukka Cultural Zone Elders Forum, Enugu state, have endorsed the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Chijioke Edeoga, and urged voters from the zone to vote for all LP candidates for House of Assembly seats.
NCEF, a group made up of Elders, Opinion leaders and influencers, members of the academia, professionals, business men and momen, traditional title holders and political leaders, speaking for and representing the seven Local Government Areas of Nsukka announced the endorsement in a seven-point resolution released on Thursday in Enugu.
The group said their endorsement of Edeoga and other Labour Party candidates from the zone followed a crucial State of the Nation review of the outcome of the last Presidential and National Assembly elections of 25th February 2023 in the country, and found that the party’s candidates are the only viable opportunity to break the political hegemony of the Ebe-Ano political group that has held the state to ransom in the last 24 years.
In a seven-point communique signed by 39 leaders who represented their communities/hamlet and major organisations in the zone, under the NCEF noted that “In recommending Barr Chijioke Edeoga, we also considered fairness, equity, and justice, as well as his track record of honesty and manifest integrity in the discharge of responsibilities in his earlier national and state political assignments.
“We, therefore, consider him as the best positioned of all the candidates to reverse the sliding leadership fortunes of our dear State.
“For the Enugu State House of Assembly, we resolved that our people and all people of goodwill should also vote for all the candidates of Labour Party vying for House of Assembly seats across the state, for purposes of creating a harmonious working relationship with the incoming governor of the state.”
Some of the signatories are Prof Lazarus Ogenyi, Chief Paulinus Odoh, High Chief Cyril Osai, Mrs Bene Ukwueze, Chief Peter Odo.