LG Poll: Don't renege on your promises to us, protesting Obeagu people tell Gov. Ugwuanyi

By AdvocateNews on 16/01/2022

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The protesting Obeagu natives at the Enugu State Secretariat of PDP on Saturday
The protesting Obeagu natives at the Enugu State Secretariat of PDP on Saturday

The Obeagu Stakeholders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State on Saturday made a passionate appeal to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to honour the promise he made in 2019 that the next Chairman of the council would emerge from Obeagu Ward.

The people of the community who, felt disappointed by the refusal of the Party to sell nomination forms to some persons from Obeagu ward who are interested in contesting the forthcoming Local Government election in the state, staged a peaceful protest at the state secretariat of the party on Saturday where they urged the governor not to renege on his promises.

Spokesperson of the protesters, Engr Titus Ani recalled that “in 2019 local government elections, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi publicly promised Obeagu People that so long as he is in power, Obeagu person will be the next Awgu Local Government Chairman in 2022”.

“We are suprised that it seems as if the governor has forgotten his promise or he was misadvised” he said.

“We are in Enugu state PDP secretariat to express our anger that no one from Obeagu was allowed to pick form," Engr. Ani added.

Obeagu is  made up eight villages namely Ugwu na Ngwu, Eziama, Amaoji, Agbani, Ebenebe, Ugwuagbom, Amanze, Enugu na ato and Obuo. The area has been seriously marginalised in terms of politial appointments and patronages in Enugu State.

Engr. Ani further said: "As you can see we are in electioneering period in Enugu State and this is Obiagu Ward in Awgu Local Government Area.  We have come to speak with our governor through the state chairman of PDP that he made a promise to Obeagu, Awgu Ward in 2019 that so long as he long as he lives and serves ndiEnugu as governor that Obeagu person will serve as local govenment chairman of Awgu in 2022.  We have come here to remind him.

"We want to inform you that before now people of Obeagu who felt that they have what it takes to contest for the position of local government chairman of Awgu had come here on several occasions to purchase nomination forms but unfortunately none was given to them.

"They tried many times but none was given to them and that is what informed our presence here today to call on the humble governor of the state, Gburugburu, to honour his promise since he is a governor who listens to the downtrodden.

"We want to let him know that Obeagu people are not in the minority in Awgu local government. From 1999 till date we have supported the PDP with every seriousness. I want to shock the people here that in 2019 an Obeagu son contested as governorship running mate of the All Progressives Congress, APC but to tell you that Obeagu is PDP 100 percent, we won even in his polling booth.

"Obeagu Ward in Awgu local government area of Enugu State is 100 percent PDP and we owe no apology to anybody. So, we have come here to plead with the humble governor of Enugu State that if by chance he might have taken any position on who should be the chairmanship candidate for Awgu in forthcoming eleciton, he should go back and reflect on what he told ndiObeagu and Awgu LG in 2019 that so long as he lives as governor of Enugu State, ndiObeagu will be favoured in 2022.  He should listen to us and fulfill his promise to us. We deserve that position and he should not renege on his words."

Posted 16/01/2022 08:35:41 AM


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