BY FRANCIS IGATA
Apparently relieved and reinvigorated following the validation of his candidature through the judgment of an Abuja High Court on March 2, Enugu State Peoples Democratic Party,PDP,governorship candidate, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, weekend,took to the streets and markets propagating the programmes, policies of his administration if elected April 11.
The National Chairman of PDP,Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu had during the presidential rally in Enugu held at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium described Ugwuanyi as the,”most popular governorship candidate PDP had ever had since 1999″.
Mu’azu’s description of Ugwuanyi’s blistering popularity was again, at play when Ugwuanyi and his running mate,Mrs. Cecilia Ezeillo and other party officials visited Aria,Timber,Abakpa,Ogbete markets in Enugu metropolis, disseminating programmes and polices of his administration hinged on,”Consolidation and Continuity” of the Governor Sullivan Chime-led administration.
A mammoth crowd trailed the campaign train as they visited the major markets in the state even as the traders closed shops in support and solidarity of his governorship ambition.
A discerning look at the components of the crowd depicts that women thronged the campaign venues massively giving a new horizon beckoning for women empowerment in the state. The women were auspiciously excited and full of expectation on the plank of Ugwuanyi’s deputy, who they see as a good representation of the womenfolk and who could help to address challenges facing them.
Spokesperson of the Traders and Chairman of Timber Market Association, Chief Levi Obi revealed that, “Ugwuanyi was an experienced hand who has knowledge of the needs of the people and expressed confidence in his ability to address them satisfactorily.
“We are also confident that Ugwuanyi would fulfill his promises to us especially in the provision of essential amenities and infrastructure in the markets.
“I therefore call on all to come out en masse on April 11 to vote for Ugwuanyi and other candidates of the PDP.”
Chairman, Enugu Unity Forum, EUF, Mr. Tahil Ochi whose organsiation has been frontal towards the realisation of Ugwuanyi’s governorship ambition urged other governorship aspirants in the party to make sacrifices in the interest of peace and progress of the party.
His words:”The massive followership Ugwuanyi enjoys is a testament that he is the peoples choice. Every other member of the party should queue behind him and support his ambition. “The important thing is that Chime in the spirit of equity,justice and fair play zoned and supported the emergence of his successor from Enugu-North senatorial zone that had not produced a governor. All the litigants should shed their sword and support Ugwuanyi whom the court has vindicated.”
In his address, Ugwuanyi assured the traders that he will make frantic efforts to provide basic amenities in the market such as roads, fire-fighting equipment, electricity and portable water supply to improve their services and comfort.
He also promised that his administration will constitute a committee that will ensure that these amenities were provided, adding that he also would provide ultra-modern machines to enhance efficiency and productivity in the market in line with international standards.
A copious peep at the political crystal ball depicts that PDP may well be coasting home with victory as no other political party in state is seriously campaigning to woo voters ahead of the gubernatorial election.
It is left to be seen how Ugwuanyi, if elected, will meet the peculiar challenges of all his support groups that dot Enugu firmament with the burgeoning depth profile in state and dwindling federal allocation.