APC council endorses Enugu PDP governorship candidate, Peter Mbah

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State has experienced a major setback after thousands of its members from the state’s Ezeagu Council publicly endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor, Dr. Peter Mbah.

Members of the party, who gathered in Enugu yesterday under the banner of the Ezeagu Igbudu Movement, expressed their confidence in Mbah’s ability to transform the socioeconomic outlook of the people and advance the state.

Speaking to The Guardian on the rationale behind the cross-party endorsement, the convener of the group, and former state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Ozo Mmamel, explained that current emphasis on developmental politics transcends partisan affiliation.

He maintained that having looked around and studied the manifestos of frontline governorship candidates in the state, it became obvious to him and his people that Mbah sounds more cerebral and speaks to issues of development.

Stressing that he was not contemplating a return to PDP, the APC chieftain stated: “I am not leaving APC; of course, I was in PDP before I joined APC. I am particular about developmental politics. It is politics of issues, and commitment to the cause and development of our people.

“I found out that the other candidates are not speaking the language of development. Mbah looks more cerebral, and has a better manifesto in terms of development of the state. What we had with him on Sunday was more of a town hall meeting on how he can help our people if he gets elected as governor.

“We talked about the agenda he has for development of our people, as well as agro businesses, vis-à-vis the Premier Cashew Industry, Oghe; education as it concerns Teacher Training College (TTC), Iwollo, which was upgraded to a polytechnic, but now does not have anything to show.

“Then agriculture, because of our arable land, and the fact that our people are predominantly farmers. We reminded him that farm settlements are manned by Agbaja people, including Ugbochime, Ugbo Ohagwu, Ugbo Owa.

“So, it was more of a discussion, and not along party lines. That was why we assembled ourselves as Umuezeagu Igbudu Movement. That is our name. We did not say we are members of APC or PDP.”

 

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