By Austin Ogwuda
Enugu—AHEAD of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship primaries, the ambition of the speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr. Eugene Odo, yesterday, suffered a major setback as 19 of the 24-member state Assembly ditched him and pitched tent with Governor Sullivan Chime’s anointed candidate, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The lawmakers had already formed alliance with the local government councilors from 260 wards in the state on the umbrella of Enugu State Legislators’ Forum with the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Chime Oji, as chairman.
Other members of the forum include the majority leader of the House, Mr. S. K Ude-Okoye; deputy leader, Mr. John Kelvin Ukuta and Mr. Makata Hyginus, the Chairman, Enugu State Councillors’ Forum among others.
Addressing newsmen at the Assembly complex, Dr. Emeka Ogbuabor, who represented the deputy speaker said “The Association was founded recently to provide a platform for Enugu State legislators to promote good governance in our dear state through dialogue, advocacy, networking, partnership and increased accountability. We will encourage early debate and information exchange among legislators; and reinforce co-operation between our association and our party, the Peoples Democratic Party.
“We declare our total support and unflinching loyalty to the state leader of our great party, Sullivan Chime. On behalf of our constituencies and wards, we congratulate him on the unprecedented sector-wide achievements. Under your transformational leadership, our great party, the PDP remains the party to beat in Enugu State. You have, indeed, remarkably touched the lives of our people.
”We pledge our unalloyed support to Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, our parliamentary colleague and consensus aspirant in the December 8, 2014, gubernatorial primary election of the state chapter of our party, the PDP.”