SENATOR-ELECT and former governor of Enugu State, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, has singled out the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for all his support towards his return to the National Assembly.
In a statement Sunday in Enugu,Nnamani, (PDP, Enugu East) stated that he “remained grateful to Ugwuanyi for supporting him through his journey to the Senate. I am grateful to my governor for the opportunity to rejig my political career.
Nnamani also expressed appreciation to political leaders in the state, including Chief Jim Nwobodo; former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani; Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu; Sen. Fidelis Okoro and Dr. Okwy Nwodo, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Nnia Nwodo among others.
Of the governor, he said: “I owe him a lot of gratitude for the opportunity to serve my fatherland.”
Nnamani, whose return has raised various speculations around the dynamics in Enugu East especially with the zone topped to produce Ugwuanyi’s successor, quickly distanced himself from any political godfather’s role.
He noted that, “Ugwuanyi is the political leader in practice and Head of the Ebeano political family in Enugu.”
According to reports from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nnamani commended Ugwuanyi for the developmental strides in the state and urged him not to rest on his oars in taking the state to an enviable height.
The former governor enjoined politicians and citizens to rally round Ugwuanyi in his commitment to bring holistic development to the state.
Heading to the Senate again in the 9th National Assembly, Nnamani restated his resolve to serve faithfully for the advancement of the Nigerian project, to engender peace, unity and development.
He stated that he would do everything within the ambits of law to work for the emancipation of ordinary Nigerians.
He promised to focus on poverty alleviation, employment opportunities, fair and equitable distribution of national resources as well as promoting the manufacturing sector.
Nnamani, a return to the Senate
Nnamani was elected to the Senate in 2007 at the end of his two terms as governor. Following disagreements with the party hierarchy and differences with his successor, Sullivan Chime, he left the PDP in 2011 to found the People for Democratic Change (PDC). He used the platform to run for Senate in 2011 and 2015, losing on both attempts to the PDP and a rather unpopular Gilbert Nnaji.
He went into semi retirement but returned to the PDP in 2017. Incidentally, he returned after Chime had left for the All Progressives Congress (APC). At the senatorial primaries on October 2, 2018, he beat six other contestants, among them his nemesis Nnaji.
And on February 23, he won the National Assembly elections polling 128,843 votes against the 14,225 polled by his closest rival, Lawrence Ezeh of the APC.