Ezugwu Reveals Why Gov. Ugwuanyi Enjoys The Support Of Ndi-Enugu

The 2019 elections have come and gone in Enugu State, just like in most parts of the country. What is the post-election mood in Enugu State?

There are no post-election issues in Enugu state because first, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is a man loved by his people. Nobody is saying that he is 100 percent loved by all but he has the support of the majority of the residents of the state.

That was what reflected in the last governorship election in Enugu state as we all saw the voting pattern that the governor got almost 100 percent votes in the three geopolitical zones of the state despite strong opposition.

What is your assessment of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s first 100 days of the administration’s second term?

So far so good and, indeed, Enugu is in the hand of God and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is the man God is using to reposition Enugu in all facets of the life of the ordinary people in the state. One of the key challenges Governor Ugwuanyi had to confront in his first 100 days in office was in the area of security.

Like in his first term, the governor confronted the issue with all seriousness it deserves, visiting victims of crime, to empathize with them.
The governor has been spotted on the streets leading security raids on criminal hideouts and dark spots at places like Obiagu Road, Ogui, Asata among other places. He has also boosted the morale of security agencies in his efforts to protect lives and property of citizens and that is why a critical assessment of the state still places Enugu State at the top of the safest states in Nigeria.
Further underscoring the importance of security of lives and property of the ordinary citizens, Governor Ugwuanyi recently procured about 70 Hilux vehicles, Sienna SUVs and other brands of vehicles to boost police operations in the state.
This is in addition to monthly allowances for security operatives, fueling, and other logistics the security agencies require to perform their duties effectively. About 260 vehicles, which were approved during the governor’s recent security meeting with all the members of the State Assembly, local government council chairmen, the Director of State Services (DSS) and the Security Chiefs of DSS in the council areas, is set to be distributed to the 260 electoral wards in the state.
He has packaged an anti-kidnapping bill, which he sent to the Enugu State House of Assembly for legislation. It’s important to note that the governor took a unique step further by issuing a directive for the recruitment of forest guards to begin to patrol the bushes and thick forests of the state, to fish out criminals from their hideouts.
So, no fewer than 1,700 forest guards have been recruited across the state for that purpose. The security vehicles I earlier mentioned would also be deployed to provide services for community policing, Vigilante groups of the Neighborhood Watch and the forest guard operations.

In the first 100 days in office, Governor Ugwuanyi has also personally supervised the clearing of bushes, particularly along the Awgu axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Express Way, identified as a safe haven for the criminals, and where killings and kidnappings had taken place in recent times. So, on securing the people of the state, the governor has done well enough in the first 100 days of his second tenure.


As we all know, security challenges and rising criminalities are national concerns. Does it mean that the only achievement in his first 100 days of his second term is security? Not at all! Beyond his efforts to curb security challenges, the governor has also in the last 100 days of his second coming took remarkable steps to consolidate on his many achievements in the first term.

I am aware that immediately after swearing-in for the second term, the governor set up sectoral committees to review the state of affairs in the entire state and make recommendations on how to deepen the lasting legacies of his administration. Such legacies like the regular payment of salaries of the state’s workers


and effective management of the state’s lean resources, keeping the state clean, road construction, rural development and so on have continued in the last 100 days of his second tenure.
On education, the renovations of several primary and secondary schools have been sustained; several teachers have been employed to improve basic education in the state. Recently, there was jubilation in Isi-Uzo local government area as the governor inaugurated the 8.8km reconstructed portion of Ikem-Eha Amufu-Nkalagu Road, which was abandoned for over 36 years ago.
That road has contributed to the development of the agrarian community of Eha Amufu in Isi-Uzo local government, which is the gateway to the North through Obollo-Afor connecting Ebonyi State to Nkalagu, provided access to the Nigerian Factory at Nkalagu which used to be the mainstay of the economy and tourist attraction to Eastern Nigeria.
There are several projects initiated, including hospitals and other primary healthcare facilitates, to name them. Governor Ugwuanyi has not disappointed. He has proven that he is God-sent as some of us predicted in his first coming. And I need to make something clear here, I’m not a member of the People’s Democratic Party, the PDP. I’m a board of trustees member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, But as the Secretary-General of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties and a nationally recognized political activist, I will always make an unbiased assessment of any administration in this country. Nigeria has to work and if somebody is working, there is no pointing engaging propaganda machine against a performing leader.

I can tell you proudly that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is on track and has not disappointed the people of Enugu State on the last 100 days of the second tenure.

What’s your take on the ruling by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal?

Well, the matter is currently on appeal and my view is just like that of most citizens. However, whether the Supreme Court upholds the tribunal’s verdict or not, there are several aspects of the judgment that the Supreme Court has to make clear statements on for us to be certain of the position of the law. One of such is if an affidavit is equal to a certificate. Until the Supreme Court rules on this I will not comment further on the matter. But Nigerians are watching.

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