Ben Ezechime, Enugu
The senatorial candidate of Labour Party (LP) for Enugu North district, Barr. Okey Ezea has accused Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, also a senatorial candidate of the PDP for Enugu North, of trading off Nsukka opportunities.
He said this in Nsukka while featuring on Voice FM 96.7 programme, “Voice Connect,” monitored by Ikengaonline.
Ezea, fondly called, Ideke, x-rayed the failure of his PDP opponent, to care for the people of Nsukka zone both as a member of House of Representatives, for Udenu/Igbo-eze North Federal Constituency for 12 years and Governor for seven and half years.
He said that, having represented Nsukka interest for 18 years with nothing to show for it, Ugwuanyi has no moral standing to come to contest for senate.
“It is the turn of Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Local Government Areas to produce the senator for Enugu North senatorial district come 2023, not Udenu Local Government Area where Ugwuanyi comes from.
“Nsukka cultural zone’s representation in Lion Building, Enugu has been wasted due to poor governance.
“Gburugburu (Ugwuanyi) traded off all the opportunities he had in the House of Representatives only to monetize (ashua!) everything for his pocket; no single job or project did he attract,” he said.
The LP candidate also accused Ugwuanyi of wasting the chances of Nsukka cultural zone as governor.
“Gburugburu equally traded off Nsukka’s chance as governor — he never promoted any Nsukka man to occupy any important position in any federal institution including the UNN,” he said.
According to him: “There is no year in the past seven years that Nsukka has seen any project worth 10% of the billions reflected in the state’s budget.
“Gburugburu is the only governor that distributes cash inside Government House: “solidarity” visitors are dashed upwards of N5m every day.”
Ideke further chided his opponent for shying away from public scrutiny by the press since his assumption of office as governor over seven years ago and challenged him to a media debate.
It would be recalled that, Ideke ran for governor in previous elections in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019, but had always been allegedly out-maneuvered on each occasion by the ruling PDP.