From Maureen Ikpeama, Chibota Edozie, Enugu
IT WAS a home coming for the governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi when his kinsmen, the people of Orba Udulekenyi in Udenu Local Government Area, of Enugu State held a Thanksgiving Mass and endorsement rally in his honour, adopting him as their candidate for the 2019 governorship election in the state.
Delivering a sermon at the well attended mass held at the Orba Boys High School Field, Orba, Rev. Fr. Emeka Ngwoke thanked God for what He had achieved using Governor Ugwuanyi as His tool in Enugu State. He said that “good leadership is truly manifesting in Enugu State.”
The cleric recalled that Enugu State had a high debt profile when Governor Ugwuanyi assumed office.
He commended him for being able to tackle the economic challenges confronting the state
According to the priest, ” the governor’s civility, decency, vision, respect for all and exemplary leadership qualities had made it possible for his administration to record the unprecedented feats in the last three years.”
He encouraged Governor Ugwuanyi to continue his good works in Enugu State, saying, “You are our leader, that’s why you were given the common purse of Enugu State to take care of us as ndi Enugu.
In a welcome address delivered after the mass, the President-General of Orba Udu General Assembly, Chief Charles Mbah, highlighted some of the laudable achievements of Governor Ugwuanyi which included infrastructural development, prompt payment of workers ‘ salaries among others.
He described the governor as their “illustrious son and a worthy ambassador.” The President -general said that governor Ugwuanyi with his usual characteristics” as a prudent, accountable and judicious manager of resources. had in spite of the nation’s economic challenges entrenched peace and good governance in Enugu State”
On behalf of the Orbs community, he endorsed governor Ugwuanyi for a second tenure, urging Enugu residents, (eligible voters) to obtain their permanent voters cards and vote for governor Ugwuanyi in the 2019 governorship election in Enugu State.
On his part, the former governor of Enugu State and national chairman off the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo described governor Ugwuanyi as “the best performing governor in Nigeria, a humble, indefatigable, humane and outstanding manager of men and resources for the development of Enugu State.”
. Chief Nwodo said he was not surprised at various endorsements for the governor’s re-election, Ugwuanyi’s performance and uncommon leadership style was a good omen for the State. ‘We will not be tired of commending your performance, pray for you and eulogize your uncommon leadership style”, he stated.
He therefore appealed to Enugu residents to ensure they obtain their voters’ cards and “join the winning train of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for them to continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy in the state.
Others who spoke at the event were the chief celebrant at the mass and Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. (Prof) Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, the national President of” Ohaneze Ndi Igbo” worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo, nollywood stars, Chief Pete Edochie,(Okonkwo of Things Fall Apart) ,Rachael Okonkwo of ( Nkolika Nwa Nsukka) and John Okafor (Ibu) among others.
All extolled the good governance of governor Ugwuanyi, urging eligible voters in Enugu State to obtain their voters cards and vote for governor Ugwuanyi in 2019 gubernatorial election.