By Chigozie Victor Eneh
In one of my articles published on November 15, 2021 titled, “The Detractors Are At It Again, Public Beware!” I raised an alarm and called the attention of the public on the surreptitious plot by certain desperate politicians in Enugu State to launch unwarranted campaign of calumny against the present administration aimed at undermining the existing peace and good governance in the state for their selfish and unpopular political ambition ahead of 2023.
These desperate politicians have resorted to blackmail and all sorts of smear campaign through sponsorship of mischievous faceless groups who publish spurious claims and brazen falsehood against the administration of gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
These detractors led by a self-styled “powerful” Abuja-based politician used faceless persons to raise a false publication that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Enugu State chapter was calling for a one million-man match against the administration of gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
But the good thing is that Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth has come out to debunk the allegation. Speaking in Enugu, the youth leader of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Enugu State, Mazi Nnamdi Odo said he is hearing about the one million man match for the first time, stressing that such call did not emanate from them as they have no reason to do so.
Mazi Odo, linked the false publication to the actions of some impostors and renegades who were hired by a disgruntled aspirant who wants to become the governor of Enugu state in 2023 at all cost including destabilizing the political peace in the state and assured that the body would go after such persons for using the name of Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth for selfish political gains.
This has been the stock in trade of this self styled ‘powerful’ Abuja politician and his group in Enugu state anytime elections draw near. He uses all sorts of makeshift groups to falsely attack the ruling government in the state. They did same against the last administration of Gov Sullivan Chime. They have started again by using faceless and fake persons to impersonate Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth in Enugu state ahead of 2023.
Like I stated in my November 15 article, no past administration in Enugu State experienced one quarter of the avalanche of challenges this present administration has encountered since 2015, which border on the nation’s harsh economy, security and public health challenges.
Those who want to run for the 2023 state governorship election can do so without attempting to burn down the state. Gov Ugwuanyi has secured Enugu despite the growing insecurity in southeast. Creating political tensions and attacking the governor will not change the position of ndi Enugu who have agreed to pick the next governor of the state from Enugu East Senatorial Zone.
I am aware that the false publication is one of the series of attacks which these detractors have lined up against this administration but they will end in shame as ndi Enugu are determined to respect the zoning understanding in the state.
In another of their barefaced lies, the desperados claimed that there was no zoning agreement in the state. They argued that Ex-governor Chimaroke Nnamani chose Barr Sullivan Chime from Enugu west senatorial zone to succeed him in 2007 not because of zoning but because he believed in him. They also claim that gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was not a product of zoning that ex-gov Chime supported him because he believe he would do better.
They agreed that they supported the ex governors to choose their successors after their tenure. One wonders why these same people if they are truthful to themselves could support the past governors to nominate their successors from the zone of their choice and are now hellbent in destabilizing the state instead of taking the same path of supporting the incumbent in choosing his successor from Enugu East Senatorial Zone.
Let these detractors therefore allow the incumbent Governor of Enugu State, to choose his successor as they agreed in their various submissions that the past two governors of the state (Chimaroke Nnamani and Sullivan Chime) chose their successors
Enugu belongs to ndi Enugu and no single individual will be allowed to hold the state hostage and make it his political colony.
Chigozie Victor Eneh
Writes from Trans-Ekulu, Enugu.