I Can’t Withdraw Petition against Ugwuanyi Alone, Says Ayogu Eze

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Senator Ayogu Eze

Segun James

The governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze Saturday said he would not withdraw election petition he filled against the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi without consulting his party.

Eze, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Information n the 7th National Assembly, however promised that he would never be a distabilising factor in the development of the state.

He made the remarks when a delegation of stakeholders of Enugu North Senatorial District visited him at his Enugu residence, asking him to withdraw election petition he filed against Ugwuanyi in the interest of peace.

Among others, the delegation, which was led by Senator Chukwuka Utazi, comprised a member representing Nsukka/Igbo Eze South Federal Constituency, Hon. Pat Asadu; Senator Fidelis Okoro; a former Chairman of Enugu PDP, Mr. Vita Abba and Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Dr. Dan Shere.

Addressing the delegation, Eze said he would all within his power “to promote development within our state. I will not be a destabilising factor in Enugu State. I need to tell you that I will not constitute a cog in the wheel of the progress of our people.

“I will consult with one or two members of my party and feed you back in a very short while on the direction I want to go. Politics is just a platform for bringing development to our people.

“It does not cut the ties that we have as brothers. I did not go to the APC because there was any personal problem between anybody and me. I was seeking a platform to bring development to our people.

“But I know that it is God that gives power. If God appoints one, there is not much anybody can do. All of you are the key people from my senatorial district, from different local governments, people who have been senators, who have been local government chairmen, people who have held different positions.

“I am humbled by your visit. I want to assure you that it will be out of place for me to just stand up today that you have come to give you my key response; I will talk to one or two members of my party, you will hear from me in a very short while on the direction I want to go.”

Speaking earlier, Utazi explained the mission of the delegation, noting that the spirit of oneness of Enugu people, particularly Enugu North Senatorial District, necessitated the visit.

He said the visit was therefore for Enugu people “to work together as a family and support the governor of Enugu State and advance the cause of development in the state for overall interest of the people.

He described Eze one of the important personalities in the state, saying the election “has been concluded, and we do not want to dissipate energy fighting electoral battles in court.

“We want to make sure that we stay together as a family and make sure that we have enough development for our people, not just in the senatorial zone, but in Enugu State as a whole.

“We do not want a situation where litigation will distract our governor from performing. We are also here because our brother is important to us. As a very important person, a citizen of Enugu State and son of Enugu North Senatorial District, we cannot progress without him.

“We have played politics. But let bygones be bygones, because it is God that gives leadership. It is God’s desire that at this point in time Ugwuanyi will be the governor of Enugu State.”