Stakeholders and various dignitaries have continued to pour accolades on Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and governor-elect in the just-concluded 2019 gubernatorial election for Enugu State, describing his victory as well-deserved.
The Deputy Senate President (DSP), Professor Ekweremadu, who described the governor’s “comprehensive and well-deserved victory” added that the Ugwuany’s re-election was reward for one good term.
“This is a well-deserved reward for one good term and purposeful leadership. He has done very well, he has been in touch with the people and the state has enjoyed peace.
“It is victory for the masses of Enugu and I can only wish him even more fruitful, peaceful and eventful new term as he continues on the path of excellence,” the DSP said.
On his part, the spokesman of Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon Paul Nnajiofor, while celebrating Go Ugwuanyi’s victory, said renewal of his mandate by the masses was a good omen and the best thing that happened to Enugu State at the time.
“He is a performing governor, a man of peace; like water, he has no enemy,” Nnajofor, who was also re-elected by his Nkanu East Constituency, for a second term, told our correspondent, in Enugu.
Similarly, former Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nduka Eya while hailing the governor noted that Ugwuanyi’s victory was true reflection of the wishes of the masses of Enugu State and beyond.
For the administrator of St Mary’s Hospital, Enugu Ezike, Rev Fr Donatus Ajibo, Ugwuanyi’s victory was widely envisaged. He told the Oracle Today, in a telephone interview that given the governor’s track record in the state, he was loved by all and poised for victory from the onset of the 2019 general election process.
According to him, apart from the fact that Ugwuanyi had been performing in office, there also seemed to be an uncommon grace upon him, which was why he easily got endeared to people.
“The truth about Governor Ugwuanyi’s victory is that it was widely envisaged across the state and even beyond. Given his track record in the state, his humility and the manner that he conducted his campaigns everyone knew he had no strong challenger.
“In this area, Gburugburu (the governor’s fun name) was in everybody’s lips such that I was once compelled to ask some faithful what was special about the man Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
“There is an uncommon grace following him such that you cannot but just love him. I just heard about him and saw myself loving him. We all prayed for him, his victory is prayer answered and we wish him well as he continues with his good works,” the Catholic priest said.
It would be recalled that prior to the election, several stakeholders including religious, political and traditional leaders in the state, among others, had openly endorsed the governor for second term, with the most audacious endorsements coming from the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministries, Enugu, Rev Father Ejike Mbaka and the Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma.
While Fr Mbaka had declared that his “support for Ugwuanyi is 100 per cent and indisputable,” Archbishop Chukwuma on the other hand, had told Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was on a State visit in Enugu that there was “no vacancy in Enugu Lion Building” (Government House) and asking him to relate same information to President Buhari when he returned to Abuja.
It would be recalled that Governor Ugwuanyi’s reelection campaign slogan was “It will end in praise”.