The peaceful political coexistence between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State has been attributed to the peaceful disposition and leadership qualities of the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who has brought permanent peace to the state.
These were the remarks of Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Saturday, at the Enugu West, PDP zonal peace rally, held at Udi Abia, Udi local govt area of the state.
According to Ekweremadu, whereas the year preceding general elections in Enugu State had always been characterised by political tension, the Governor had ensured that political peace, which he engendered upon his election, had endured till date.
He stated, “I have been involved in the politics of Enugu state since 1997. Since 1998, there had always been problems in Enugu state every year before general elections”.
Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu’s Media aide in a statement said, ”In 2002, ahead of the 2003 general elections, there was also crisis that almost consumed everybody. Enugu State was divided from bottom to top. We survived it.
“In 2006, ahead of the 2007 elections, there was crisis of succession and related political tussles. Again, we survived it. In 2010, there was also political feud between our brothers in Abuja and those in Enugu. God helped us to survive it.
“In 2014, Enugu was also divided; we managed to survive it. This is 2018. There will be elections in Enugu next year, but everywhere is peaceful in this state because we have a governor, who has brought permanent peace to the State.
“There is peace between the workers and the government; there is peace between those in Abuja and those in Enugu; there is peace between PDP and APC and other political parties in Enugu State. There is peace between the various parts of the state”.
Ekweremadu further explained that it was for this reason that the PDP, Enugu West and the entire people of the Senatorial District felt it was appropriate to come together to celebrate and thank God for the political peace and security of lives and property in the State.
Continuing he said, “Coming from National Assembly, I know what is going on in many states. But we do not have political fights here. We do not have killings by bandits, which occur almost on a daily basis in many states.
“God has been very faithful and kind to our State, but we will not take it for granted. That is why we came together today to thank God and celebrate our governor, who has made this possible”.
Governor Ugwuanyi, on his part, lauded Senator Ekweremadu for showing leadership and support at all times, which had contributed immensely to the peace and development in the State, and also appreciated the people of Enugu West for the good example they had shown, urging other senatorial to emulate them.
While calling for prayers for the continued peace and development in the State, Ugwuanyi assured that he would always lead with a sense of peace and justice.