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Enugu ADC Gubernatorial Candidate Pastor Ozoemena returns in grand-style

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Pic 1: Arrival of Enugu State Gubernatorial Candidate of ADC, Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on Saturday
Arrival of Enugu State Gubernatorial Candidate of ADC, Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on Saturday

BY CHUMA AUSTIN/ENUGU

Arguably, politics of Enugu State is quite unique, full of intrigues and surprises. Enugu being the administrative headquarters of the defunct Eastern Region was and still strategic in many dimensions.

The Coal City State is to Ndigbo what Ibadan and Kaduna are to the Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani, respectively, hence it is a cynosure to all eyes of opinion leaders within and outside the country who use it as a barometer to feel the pulse of the people of South-East Nigeria.

Cross section of the ADC faithful welcoming their flag-bearer, Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on Saturday
Cross section of the ADC faithful welcoming their flag-bearer, Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on Saturday

It is against the aforementioned backdrop that the return of Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena the 2023 flag-bearer of African Democratic Congress (ADC) to Enugu last Saturday jerked the struggle for the control of political structure by contending politicians in the state.

Pastor Ozoemena arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu at about 11.45 am into the waiting hands of his party faithful and admirers who had besieged the airport in large number as early as 8 ‘0’ clock in the morning to have glimpse of him.

 

Amongst the dignitaries who received the ADC Gubernatorial were chairman of ADC, Comrade Stella Chukwuma, Deputy Chairman of the party, Hon. Obetta Obiora Obim, the Personal Assistant to the ADC Gubernatorial Candidate, Rt. Hon. Okafor Onyeka Cyndian.
Prior to Pastor Ozoemena’s home coming last Saturday, his close associate had indicated that his return was billed for Friday, October 14, before it was rescheduled due to logistics.

Findings showed that the return of Pastor Ozoemena rekindled the spirit and hope of his ADC supporters who had been eager to see him in the state with a view to flagging off the electioneering campaign, especially as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on October 12, 2022 given green light to governorship office seekers to kick-start their campaigns.

Still not done with the colourful airport reception, the crowd followed Pastor Ozoemena to his country home, Onoli, Awgu in Awgu Local Government Area of the state where an elaborate celebration was held in his honour amidst pomp and pageantry.

First to set the ball rolling was the ADC state chairman, Chukwuma who expressed delight for the huge presence of people at the occasion, saying, “We in ADC are one family and we have come here to welcome His Excellency, Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena”.
“I am overwhelmed by the presence of many people here. It is a sign that our flag-bearer, Pastor Obi Ozoemena is the governor Enugu State people desire in 2023”, she added.

The Awgu Local Government chairman of ADC (Chief Host) Hon. Nnamdi David Aja and Hon. Gozie Paul Ndubueze who represented Hon. Ebube Ani the Coordinating Chairman of all local government chairmen of the party, while speaking, raked up the controversial zoning system in the state, insisting that the arrangement should be jettisoned to allow meritocracy to reign.

“We are working according to Nigeria constitution. We don’t believe in zoning system. Our weapon is PVC. Something great is coming and that great thing is Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena.

“Our next coming to Awgu is to start the campaign and after that, our coming will be to celebrate our victory at the poll”, they said.
If there is any ADC chieftain at the event who was most visibly elated, it was the Personal Assistant to the ADC Gubernatorial Candidate and the Supreme Coordinator of Save Enugu State Now Movement (S-E-S-N-M) Rt. Hon. Okafor Onyeka Cyndian.

Rt. Hon. Cyndian whose speech drew spontaneous ovation intermittently, advised his party faithful against vote buying, urging them to resist the temptation of selling their PVC for peanuts and in any disguise.

The Special Aide to the ADC flag-bearer went into memory lane extolling the virtues of Pastor Ozoemena, pointing out that he has come to save the people of Enugu State.

“I am touched seeing this mammoth crowd here. Some of us from afar told me at Enugu airport that they won’t make it to Awgu because of long distance but here they are with us. It shows the high regard they have for our incoming governor.

“His Excellency, Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena is our incoming governor. ADC will occupy Enugu Government House in 2023. We need your cooperation and support to realise this dream”, he further said.

True to its bidding, the speech of the joyful gubernatorial candidate of ADC, Pastor Ozoemena, held the crowd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church field, venue of the grand reception, spell bound as he extemporaniously marshalled out his points, reiterating that he was like Biblical Moses who was called by God to save his people from the hands of Egyptians.

Pastor Ozoemena who was also overwhelmed by large turn out of people commended traditional rulers, Cleric, civil servants, men and women, old and young, the mass media as well as various support groups, especially S-E-S-N-M which he said had been in partnership with him since 2019.

The ADC Gubernatorial Candidate told the crowd, “Before I was called by God to come down and deliver my people out of bondage and oppressive rule, I was already ordained by Him. I was ordained three times.

My concern is not only becoming the governor but saving the masses through pragmatic leadership”.

His words: “I am a rural boy who has travelled far and wide and has come to understand what good leadership is all about. God told me go home and liberate your people. I did not come home on my own accord but by God who has given the vision.

While abroad, I was told by God that liberation of your people is not by gun and killings but through good leadership. God said use your PVCs to change Enugu State. God loves Enugu State. Recall all the miracles done by God in the Bible were done in the hills.

“I did not come like a politician to promise you that I will build bridges on the ocean but when elected as governor, I will create opportunities for jobs to reduce growing rate of unemployment and insecurity in the land. Support me and tell others to support me. I have never been in government. I have never been a guest to Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) I will be accountable to the people.

The high points of the occasion were music interlude by K-2 Swagg, Onyeobodo and groups of women and men whose songs attracted the ADC flag-bearer to the dancing floor.

As a matter of fact, if the huge presence of people at Enugu airport and Awgu for the reception of the ADC standard-bearer is a yard stick to measure Enugu electoral chart, then, Pastor Ozoemena is one of the top candidates to watch in 2023 gubernatorial poll as the pendulum could swing to his direction.

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