Aspirants sign accord as Buhari’s aide challenges Ekweremadu

OrderPaperToday – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirants to various political offices and delegates in Enugu West Senatorial District have signed an accord for transparent and peaceful primary elections against the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

This is as the Special Assistant to the President on Justice Reform, and National Coordinator, Open Government Partnership (OGP), Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, has declared her intention to contest for the Enugu West Senatorial Seat.

The Enugu West resolution called “Mpu Accord”, seeks to ensure that party stakeholders “reaffirmed their commitments to the finest democratic ethos, expressing satisfaction with the level playing ground and internal democracy that were witnessed in the ward and local government congresses that produced the three-man ad-hoc delegates and local government delegates.”

According to the communiqué issued after the meeting held at the Mpu country home of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, over the weekend, it noted that equity would  be upheld in the primary elections in the District, in such a way that everybody will be satisfied at the end of the process.

”No aspirant shall deploy hate speech, thuggery, and brigandage in the pursuit of his or her political aspiration, and whoever emerges at the primaries shall enjoy the support of other contestants.

“In the spirit of sportsmanship, the winner and, by extension the party, shall show utmost magnanimity by carrying others along.

“All aspirants shall at all times be conscious of the supremacy of the Party over personal interests and ambitions”.

A statement released by Ekweremadu’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Uche Anichukwu indicated that aspirants and delegates, commended their representative in the upper chamber, the  Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and  Prince Uche Secondus-led national leadership of the PDP.

“The rate of defections from the All Peoples Congress (APC) to the PDP is an eloquent testimony to the poor ratings of the ruling party by various national and international bodies as well as their predictions that the PDP would return to power in 2019”, they said.

Among stakeholders present at the meeting were Senator Ekweremadu; Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo; Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi; serving members of the House of Representatives from the district, namely Rt. Hon. Toby Okechukwu and Hon. Dennis Oguerinwa Amadi as well as the National Youth Leader of the PDP, Rt. Hon. Sunday Udeh-Okoye.

Others include Members of the State House of Assembly as well as Council and local government party Chairmen from Enugu West Senatorial District, and leaders of thought.

Recall that another Buhari’s appointee, Okechukwu Osita, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) had also stated his ambition to contest for the seat.
Mrs Ibekaku-Nwagwu, speaking journalists in Enugu on Thursday said that she had submitted her nomination form in Abuja on Wednesday.
She indicated that her decision to vie was as a result of lack of impact by the incumbent Senator.
“In the 16 years of his representation, no meaningful infrastructural development can be equated to the quantum of funds that was purportedly expended as constituency funds on the zone,’’ she alleged.
Mrs Ibekaku-Nwagwu said she accepted the call by her people from the five local government areas – Aninri, Agwu, Ezeagu, Oji River and Udi – to fill the leadership vacuum.
“My people are hard-working and from a senatorial zone that is endowed with natural resources; they deserve the best.
“All they yearn for is the provision of the basic necessities of life that will create the enabling environment to bring out the best in them,’’ the president’s aide said.

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