THE Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has welcomed the reign of peace in Enugu State ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He attributed the prevailing atmosphere to the peaceful dispositions and leadership qualities of the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Enugu West Hosts Peace Rally
At the Enugu West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zonal Peace Rally, held at Udi Abia, Udi Local Government Area, Saturday, Ekweremadu lamented the recurring spate of violence and political tension in the year preceding general elections in Enugu.
He explained: “Since 1998, there had always been problems in the state every year before elections.
“In 2002, ahead of the 2003 elections, there was crisis that almost consumed everybody. Enugu was divided from bottom to top. We survived it.
“In 2006, ahead of the 2007 elections, there was crisis of succession and related political tussles. Again, we survived it.
“In 2010, there was also political feud between our brothers in Abuja and those in Enugu. God helped us to survive it. In 2014, Enugu was also divided; we managed to survive it.”
In a press statement by his Special Media Adviser, Uche Anichukwu, the Deputy President of the Senate noted that the situation has changed in 2018, because “we have a governor, who has brought permanent peace to the state.
“There is peace between the workers and the government; peace between those in Abuja and those in Enugu; peace between the PDP and other political parties in the state. There is peace between the various parts of the state.
“I know what is going on in many states. But we do not have political fights here. We do not have killings by bandits.
“God has been faithful and kind to Enugu. We will not take that for granted. That is why the PDP, Enugu West and the Senatorial District came together to celebrate the political peace in the State, thank God and celebrate our governor, who has made this possible.”
The Governor praised Ekweremadu for showing leadership and support at all times, which had contributed immensely to the peace and development in the State. He assured that he would always lead with a sense of peace and justice as he called for prayers for continued peace in the state.