By Christopher Isiguzo and Gideon Arinze in Enugu
Amidst high voter turnout, the Governorship/State House of Assembly election kicked off as scheduled across the 17 councils of Enugu State on Saturday.
As early as 7am voters had already trooped out in their numbers to exercise their franchise as INEC officials and materials arrived most polling units in good time.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, candidate of the PDP, also took part in the exercise by casting his ballot at his Amube polling unit in Orba Udenu council.
Despite the call for postponement of the exercise by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, most voters were in high spirit to take part in the process. The party chairman, Ben Nwoye, had accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Emeka Ononamadu, of skewing the entire process in favour of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, in obvious display of confidence, Governor Ugwuanyi shortly after casting his ballot expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious at the end of the day.
The governor whose kinsman from nearby Igboeze North council, Senator Ayogu Eze, of the APC is his major opponent, commended INEC for organising such a hitch-free exercise.
He also expressed satisfaction with turnout of voters across voting centres in the state afterwards.
While thanking the people of the state for their support, the governor said “the amount of support you all are giving to me is a clear testimony to the fact that you have confidence in my ability to deliver to you all the dividends of democracy. I will not fail you when I come back.
“Enugu is surely in the hands of God,” he said.