BY FRANCIS IGATA
A palpable excitement is rife among residents of Enugu State especially women following the choice of a female running mate for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Enugu state chapter.
The party had during the January 9, presidential rally which held at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium amid thousands of supporters, unveiled Mrs. Cecilla Ezeillo, member, representing Ezeagu consistuency, at the State House of Assembly as Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s running mate who is the party’s governorship candidate for the February 28 gubernatorial polls.
Ugwuanyi who represents the Udenu/Igbo-eze south federal consistency and also Chairman, House Committee on Maritime, emerged the governorship candidate of the party having won over 900 votes at the party’s primaries.
During the presentation of the party’s flag to Ugwuanyi and his running mate thanked the, party and the people of Enugu State for the confidence reposed in him and assured that he would consolidate on the current gains and take the state to the next level of development.
Promising a robust campaign, he enthused: “The presentation of the party’s flag to me by the President and our National Chairman is a call to duty, a charge to work hard with my governor and the rest of the team to deliver Enugu State to the PDP 100 per cent as has been the tradition; and that I will surely do, God being my helper”.
JONATHAN ON WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN NATION BUILDING
President Goodluck Jonathan who was visibly elated over Ugwuanyi’s female choice of running mate commended him for towing his line of being a gender friendly governor.
He urged women in the country to vote for his re-election bid lamenting that Buhari never appointed a woman in his cabinet as military head of state.
Jonathan said,”Buhari never appointed any woman into his cabinet. Our women had all the qualifications and experience at that time. If you make the mistake of voting him, you will not be liberated. You will remain in the kitchen and die.