By Tony Edike
SENATE President, David Mark, weekend said he endorsed the re-election of Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State for a second term in office and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, for another term in the National Assembly because of the need to enthrone development, peace and stability in the state.
Mark made this known while addressing Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, supporters during the flag off of the party’s campaign rally for Enugu West senatorial district at Agwu, headquarters of Agwu Local Government Area.
He observed that the Enugu of 2011 was better than Enugu before Chime became governor, advising politicians that when they served and worked for the people, the public would acknowledge them.
Mark admonished the electorate to vote for those whose projects and programmes could be seen physically by the people and the people could also feel the impact of a government in action; and not those who live on promises and would not fulfill their promises to the people.
Describing Senator Ekweremadu as a blessing to the Nigerian legislature, Mark noted that the Deputy Senate President was at the heart of Nigeria’s democracy and had helped immensely to stabilize democracy in the country.
The Senate President, however, asked the people to vote for Ekweremadu and warned them against trading his deputy’s 12 years experience in the senate with that of a rookie as the state and nation would be the losers.
Mark said that Ekweremadu was not just representing Enugu State in the senate but the entire South East, adding that his place of representation and ranking stands him above all other senators in the floor of the house.
In his remarks, Ekweremadu said he was not at the rally to campaign because the good works of Chime has done the campaign for him and declared that the governor would do more during his second term in office.
He observed that only a caring governor would remember People in the rural areas and take development and projects beyond the state capital.
Ekweremadu said the rally was a celebration of a working relationship and partnership that is working and thanked Enugu people for supporting Chime so far.
In his speech, Chime stated that Enugu before his administration went under a development that made him to start from the scratch, saying what his administration was committed to building a foundation for future leaders to build on.
The governor said though his administration does not have solution to all the problems and challenges in the state, he however promised to do more for the people during his second term.
He also promised that by the time he leaves office in 2015, Enugu should be the number one state and destination of choice for investors in the country because things being done were not fiction but a reality for people to see and feel.