Ahead of the 2023 gubernatorial election, the indigenes of Enugu East Senatorial District have appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to return the governorship seat to their zone in line with zonal rotation arrangement instituted by the founding fathers of the state.
The people under the aegis of Nkanu Youth Assembly renewed the quest for the governorship position during the Nkanu Cultural Fiesta in Enugu at the weekend.
National President of the association, Hon. Edeani Edeani, also lauded Ugwuanyi, who graced the occasion, for his administration’s youth empowerment programmes, stressing that the governor has been very supportive to the youth.
Edeani disclosed that Ugwuanyi, during the COVID-19 lockdown, supported the youth group to open a poultry farm at Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area and a rice farm at Isi- Uzo LGA.
The association urged the governor to remain committed to his earlier stance that it is the turn of Enugu East Senatorial zone to produce the next governor of the state in 2023.
The president also appreciated other personalities who have been supporting the association to realize its set objectives and went further to propose that every November 29 should be declared as “Nkanu Cultural Day” in the state.
The maiden annual cultural event, which was organized to promote unity and the beautiful culture of Nkanu, as well as protect the socio-political cum economic interests of the zone, honoured the former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani as the grand patron of the association.
It equally recognized other notable sons of Nkanu land as patrons such as the member representing Nkanu East Constituency, Rt. Hon. Paul Nnajiofor; Capt. Everest Nnaji; former Vice Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Prof. Hillary Edeoga; Enugu State Chief Fire Officer, Engr. Okwudiri Daniel Ohaa among others.
In his remarks, Senator Nnamani expressed deep appreciation to Ugwuanyi for the enduring peace being enjoyed in the state, which he said is uncommon in other states in the country.
He therefore, encouraged the governor to continue to provide dividends of democracy to all the three senatorial districts in the state.
Also speaking, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, harped on the need for the various youth associations in the zone to harmonize their objectives and work together to achieve their common goal of realizing the governorship seat of the state in 2023, which he expressed optimism that the governor will play a major role to actualize.