•Monica commends Senator Ogbuorji for contemplating dropping from gubernatorial race
In an unprecedented endorsement of a single candidate in the annals of electioneering campaign in Nigeria, over five hundred and fifty non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society organisations (CSOs) have rallied round to endorse the candidature of Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State for the 2019 election.
The carnival like event billed to kick-start the campaign of Governor Umahi for his second term will take place at the Ngele Oruta Stadium complex situated in Abakaliki the state capital of Ebonyi State on 24th November 2018.
David Umahi Nweze Akubuoraha Ebonyi Transformation Agenda (DUNAETA) described as the number one non-Governmental Organisation at the forefront of ensuring the re-election of Umahi in the March, 2019 gubernatorial election, will join other NGOS & CSOs numbering over 550 that includes various Traders Associations, none indigenes, handicapped Groups, Professionals, Artisians, and countless pressure groups in the State in making the event not only memorable but historical in the annals of politics in Ebonyi State.
Lady Monica Eze the Founder and President of DUNAETA explained that the intimidating numbers of NGOs and CSOs and calibre of people involved in this great move have already sent cold shivers down the spine of the opposition political parties in the State particularly the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Sunny Ogbuorji who after monitoring the intimidating move that includes over 150 NGOs and CSOs from his Southern Senatorial District of the State plus the Ebuwana Youths Forum from his home town working for the re-election of Umahi developed high fever, which made him to contemplate of throwing in the towel to avoid the humiliating defeat that awaits.
Monica better known as Ada Ebonyi noted with happiness that Senator Sunny Ogbuorji have been advised by some key members of APC in the State to discountenance the idea of wasting the legislative projects funds which he refused to invest on his people in the election seeing that he has no chance against the candidature of David Umahi if some of the feats credited to the Governor are anything to go by.
Ada Ebonyi describes Umahi as the lion of Ebonyi, an enigma, a humanist, an accomplished administrator par excellence, visionary, egalitarian, radical, respected, a pragmatist and exemplary leader and the new face of democracy in the politics of Nigeria, an indefatigable; a resolute revolutionist who have vowed to turn Ebonyi State as the light of Nigeria.
Monica maintained that Umahi merits to be re-elected after earning the trust of his peers to warrant him been elected as the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and the first Southeast Governor to be elected Co-Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum (SGF) comprising of all the 19 Governors from the South West, South-south and South East.
She reiterated that Ebonyians should be proud that their Governor have become a key actor in the politics of Nigeria coupled with his unique position as the new face of democracy in Nigeria and an asset that made the Presidency to ensure that he was among the six political leaders selected to visit our then ailing President at London and have accompanied Mr President to attend several world meetings.
“This unassuming leader from Ebonyi State is a recipient of the prestigious Zik Prize for exemplary leadership in consideration of his unprecedented feats less than two years in office as the Governor of Ebonyi State, which has given hope, not only to the South Easterners but to the entire Nigeria that leadership that can take her out of her present wood and predicament is still possible.
“Affirming the greatness of this new discovery in the politics of Nigeria one of the big voices of Africa, a well-respected world leader and a former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, described Governor Umahi as a true Nigerian which zeal, energy and character is a true test of a leader. I have seen his exploits and the speed to which he wants to develop Ebonyi.”
According to Lady Monica, Governor Umahi apart from his feat in paying workers’ salaries which is unprecedented, his laudable achievements on road projects, flyovers, roundabouts, street lights, education and health sectors are revolutionary. Today because of his insight, Ebonyi have become the beacon of hope for Nigeria in the Agricultural Sector.
He envisioned a new city of 5,000-unit mega city housing project in Ebonyi State to be bankrolled by the Africa Nations Development Programme (ANDP) that will comprise of 5,000 detached two-bedroom bungalows and other facilities such as schools, water, electricity, police station, barracks, hospitals among others is not only a milestone but also a strategic move to put Ebonyi in the league of the most developed states in Nigeria.