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Anambra 2021: Group woos Ukachukwu

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AS THE forthcoming 2021Anambra gubernatorial election draws nearer, a political pressure group called Sustenance of Faith in Governance (SOFIG) has called on Nicholas Ukachukwu to join the race.

  President of SOFIG, Kingsley Ezekwelu, made the call in Awk,a in a speech he delivered after the inauguration of state executive officers of the association on Saturday.

Explaining the association’s choice for Ukachukwu, Ezekwelu stated that only a leader of Ukachukwu’s pedigree would be able to keep Anambra’s flag flying on the high mast where Gov. Willie Obiano has notched it.

According to him, Gov. Obiano and his wife, Osodieme have not only rendered selfless service but also transformed every sector of the state’s economy to harness both human and material resource.

Speaking further, Ezekwelu said that this transformation had resulted in establishment of legacy projects and policies that only a go-getter such as Ukachukwu can continue and consolidate to deliver good governance and sustain the people’ faith.

He gave some of these projects to include Umueri International Cargo Airport, International Conference Centre, Awka, and One-Youth-One-Skill Programme among others.

Ezekwelu also listed critical intervention of the governor’s wife in uplifting Anambra women through Caring Family Enhancement (CAFÉ) initiatives, particularly at the grassroots, as milestones in annals of governance. He explained that in doing so, Gov. Obiano has raised the bar of good governance, adding that it will be disservice for Ukachukwu to reject the call.

Ezekwelu recalled Ukachukwu’s remarkable contributions as an All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) chieftain and former federal lawmaker in physical and human capital development as well as acceleration of industrial development. He noted that in addition to Ukachukwu’s scholarship schemes that have benefitted many children and youths, his industries have equally helped in tackling challenge of youth unemployment.

Describing zoning as panacea to political acrimony, Ezekwelu extolled Gov. Obiano for championing the cause, but stressed that the principle should be followed with equity and fairness.

This, he explained, places Ukachukwu ahead of other contenders from Anambra South zone where Aguata, Nnewi North and Ihiala L. G.As had taken their shots to leave the field open for only Nnewi South – where Ukachukwu comes from – and Orumba North and South as well as Ekwusigo  L.G.As.

Also speaking, State Chairperson of SOFIG, Ngozi Agbata noted that Obiano’s administration has restored people’s confidence in governance and described Ukachukwu as an outstanding philanthropist who has continued to touch lives in the society in various ways.

Earlier, chairman of the occasion, Simon Izuorah stressed the need for collective efforts to entrench good governance through supporting people with vision and fear of God.

Many dignitaries from all walks of life attended the event.

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