The All Progressives Congress, APC, will be fielding two professors as chairmanship candidates in the forthcoming local government election in Enugu State.
Two women also emerged as the party’s chairmanship candidates for Enugu North and Nkanu West council areas. They include Mrs. Stella Nwagbara and Mrs. Uchenna Ugwu, respectively.
DAILY POST reports that the election has been fixed for November 4 by the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission, ENSIEC.
State Chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye disclosed this yesterday while issuing certificate of return to the Udi Local Government Area chairmanship candidate of the party, Prof. Martins Ike-Muonso, at the party’s secretariat in Enugu.
Nwoye declared that the APC was a party of serious minded people, stressing that “we are setting the pace in Enugu State with the calibre of candidates we are presenting for this election.
“Unlike the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that will be fielding illiterates and some dafts, we are presenting erudite scholars to the Enugu people as our candidates.
“You can see the candidate that is receiving his certificate of return today; he is a professor of economics; we are equally fielding one other professor for Enugu West council area.”
While expressing confidence that the APC would beat the PDP in the polls, Nwoye further stated that “God gives power but He prepares you before He gives you power. Anything to the contrary, will fail.
“In 2014, I had the privilege of introducing President Muhammadu Buhari to the Enugu people during the 2015 electioneering campaign; shortly before the election, I equally had the privilege of introducing Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to the Igbo Youths at the Nike Late. They went ahead and won the election.
“Today again, I’m fortunate to introduce the man God has sanctioned to lead the Udi people. We shall go ahead and win and this election.”
In a remark, Prof. Ike-Muonso said he was inspired to join the race owing to over two decade of neglect being suffered by his people.
“I took statistics of the level of poverty and decadence and poverty in Udi Local Government Area and the apparent neglect of the place, and I decided to come out with intervention programmes to bring our people out of poverty and activate the engines of prosperity in the local government.
“So, I want my people to experience new lease of life of life; I want them to experience prosperity; that’s why I’m in this race. It’s all about entrepreneurial activation. It’s all about making our youths employable.
“We have massive agricultural programme as part of our agenda; we want to raise millions of farmers; we also intend to create about 300 cooperatives made up mostly of women to make them live beyond poverty and help their dependants.
“We shall also give some form of subvention to the vulnerable for the entire period we are going to be in the office.”
“I’m a professor of business, I’m a professor of economics; I’m a professor of diplomacy, so I practice these things; its not about rhetoric. I have done it for several governments in Nigeria and beyond. I’m not a typical classroom professor. I’m a professor that practices what I have learnt”, he added.
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