By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU – VICE President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, South East Zone, Comrade Petrus Obi has congratulated the governors of Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia and the governor-elect of Imo state Hon Emeka Ihedioha for their victory at the polls.
Comrade Obi made the commendation in an interview with journalists while speaking on the outcome of Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly polls in the South East.
According to him, “The people have spoken through their votes and we must respect their wishes and aspirations.
“Journalists from South-East (Zone C) congratulate these great men on their victory. This victory is for the people who they will serve for the next four years.
“The election on Saturday in Enugu state, which I personally monitored, and other states in the South East was peaceful and hitch-free exercise.
“INEC and the electorates played their roles well for the success of the polls at the end of the day” He said.
He said that while Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, David Umahi of Ebonyi state and Okezi Ikpeazu of Abia state got re-elected as a result of their people oriented development strides and general good governance, it was time to take Imo state to a new height with the victory of Hon Emeka Ihedioha at the helm of affairs.
Obi expressed delight that the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has demystified governance by bringing the people personally close to himself and being there for them when they needed government’s presence.
“Ugwuanyi’s government has continued to touch the lives of the people both as individuals, group or community. In about four years into his administration, he had touched each community in the state with one or two highly needed development projects.
“Ugwuanyi has built more rural roads to the remotest part of the state,” Obi said.
He further said that Ugwuanyi ran an all-inclusive administration, adding that his appointees and projects cut across party affiliation.
“Politically, he had over time carried everybody along due to his peaceful and inclusive nature as a person.
“He had brought back veteran politicians into the Peoples Democratic Party’s fold, while ensuring that his welfare package gets to all,’’ Obi said.
He described Ugwuanyi as the most media friendly governor in the country saying that no other governor in the country that was as free and open with the media as Ugwuanyi.