By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU-`SENIOR Special Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on security and special projects and son of former Governor of old Anambra state, Dr Josef Umunnakwe Onoh has deflated the suspicion in some quarters that the Governor would defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, after 2019 elections.
Onoh also said that the issue of the APC not securing 25 percent votes during the presidential election was a compound fault the opposition party in the state and exonerated Governor Ugwuanyi on the APC tragedy of 25 percent in the state.
Onoh in an interview with Vanguard noted that Enugu state was a 100 percent PDP state with the people prepared for the governorship and state assembly elections next Saturday.
“We are guaranteed of victory because Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is the face of PDP in Enugu state. The unique thing is that the masses in the rural areas are the ones that will come out enmass to deliver Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi because he has fulfilled beyond his electoral promises, they will be voting for the person this time and not the party,” Onoh stated.
On the rumour that Ugwuanyi will defect to APC, Onoh said “The Governor of Enugu state is not defecting to any APC. He is a Man of integrity and has remained in the PDP. The only thing is that his style of governance is what people do not understand. He said it from the day he was sworn in that he is not governor for PDP alone.
“He said he was the governor of all political parties in the state. Why he did that was to ensure relative peace, security and stability in the political atmosphere of Enugu state which has never happened in the state that there was election and nobody’s house was burnt down.”
Onoh jnr also said he was not aware of PDP in the state talking about giving APC 25 percent votes. “It was a rumour. If the APC in the state was organized they would have gathered more than 25 percent votes and not an Ugwuanyi assure.
Their failure was due to lack of campaign. I am sorry for any APC member that believes that President Mohammadu Buhari will thwart the law in their favour to rig the governorship election. Even if APC fields 100 governorship candidates in Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi singlet will still defeat them all.
“I am not bothered even if we have 100 Sullivan Chime in the opposition. Ninety-nine percent of those old politicians that defected to APC felt they were going to be given amnesty from prosecution. They joined the APC hoping for protection from being probed. All of them put together cannot deliver one ward,” Onoh stated.