Ahead of the 2015 general elections, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has again reaffirmed his commitment to ensure that Enugu North senatorial zone produces the next governor of Enugu state, in the spirit of justice, equity and fairness.
The assurance, which came at the weekend during a cultural night organised by the people of Nsukka zone under the auspices of Nsukka Zonal Forum in honour of the lawmaker at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), finally laid to rest insinuations in some quarters that Ekweremadu was nursing a gubernatorial ambition.
The Deputy Senate President rather pledged his preparedness to work with the people of the area to realise their aspiration in 2015.
This came as a former Minister of Information, Chief Nnia Nwodo, expressed appreciation to the leadership of the PDP in the state for zoning the governorship to Nsukka, insisting however that the people of the area should be allowed to decide on who to become their governor.
He noted that the people of the zone would appreciate a situation where they are allowed to choose their best material among the lot that have shown interest, not for somebody to be imposed on them.
On his part, Ekweremadu explained that his interest in attracting projects and appointments to Nsukka had nothing to do with politics but to ensure that the people of the state, irrespective of which zone they came from, benefited from his high position in the country.
Extolling the resourcefulness of the people of Nsukka, the lawmaker specifically commended a member of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) governing board, Hon. Chinedu Onu, who he said had used his position to attract laudable projects to Nsukka area.
“We believe that whoever is going to be the next governor of Enugu state will not only be interested in delivering democracy dividends, but must be interested in ensuring justice to every part of Enugu state. So I’m not here for politics, I will like to assure the people of Nsukka that whatever is their aspiration, I, Ike Ekweremadu, will support it. I’m going to support it genuinely and honestly because I believe in a just society,” he said.
Also speaking, Nwodo, who chaired the event, thanked Ekweremadu for his many contributions to the development of the zone which had come in form of human empowerment and infrastructural development.
He said Ekweremadu had won the heart of the people by influencing the appointment of many Nsukka people into juicy federal positions as well as attracting many infrastructural projects to the zone.
The chairman of Nsukka Zonal Forum, Okey Agu, in his speech listed some of the laudable projects and support extended to the people of Nsukka by Ekweremadu, noting that he had endeared himself to the people of the area.