BY IKENNA OGBU / ENUGU
A one-day meeting of the inner caucus of the Save Enugu State Now Movement (S-E-S-N-M), a support group of the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena, has ended in Enugu with a re-affirmation of making their flag-bearer realise his ambition in 2023.
Disclosing this to newsmen shortly after their meeting held at New Berries park by ogui junction, Enugu on Sunday, the Supreme Coordinator/Spokesman of S-E-S-N-M, Rt. Hon. Okafor Onyeka Cyndia, said that plans had been concluded for their party’s gubernatorial candidate to move his campaign train to 17 local government areas of the state.
Cyndia who did not state the day of commencement of the campaign, told journalists that the physical gathering held in Enugu was to enable the inner caucus of S-E-S-N-M review its activities and brain storm on the way forward, stressing that Pastor Ozoemena has all it takes to reposition Enugu State, if elected as governor in 2023.
According to Cyndia who is also the Personal Assistant to the ADC Gubernatorial Candidate, few weeks ahead would witness alot of activities in the campaign council of Pastor Ozoemena, adding that there would be aggressive sensitization of electorate as well as more consultations with stakeholders in the state.
The S-E-S-N-M leader further said the ADC candidate is not a neophyte in Enugu politics despite being in disapora, recalling that Pastor Ozoemena contested governorship election in 2019 in the platform of United Democratic Party (UDP) where he lost narrowly.
He said that Pastor Ozoemena abandoned his comfort zone oversea and returned to his native land so as to salvage his home state, Enugu, which he said had been misruled by successive regimes.
Cyndia noted that none of Pastor Ozoemena’s political opponents has equalled his positive contributions to the state, adding that the on-going S-E-S-N-M football tournament which he has been sponsoring single-handedly since 2019 is an example of his philanthropic gesture.
“His Excellency, Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena has provided portable water in his community, given scholarship to indigent youths as well as infrastructure. Talented footballers discovered from his pet project, S-E-S-N-M soccer tournament, are now plying their trade in Europe and Asia countries”, he added.
On why his boss, Pastor Ozoemena, wants to govern the state, the S-E-S-N-M Spokesman said, “Enugu State evolution bottleneck is a disturbing one. That will not subsist come 2023 general elections, the people of Enugu State have a work to do. And that is job of sensitising the state by liberating the state from political swamps and electing technocrats.
His words: “No matter how apologetic anyone could be, dysfunctionalism, which has been the signature description of Enugu State will continue unabated so long as the State continues to politicise efforts at tackling its leadership and structural questions.
“Enugu State remains a limping colossus state embarrassment so long as she fails to be courageous enough to address her recurrent decimals. Unfortunately, the jinx of leadership has continued unabated regime after regime. Credible and purpose driven leadership has eluded Enugu State, little wonder, it is where it ought not to be.
“We stand for a change of leadership in Enugu State. The African Democratic Congress ADC Enugu State governorship candidate eloquent scholar, erudite leader, incalculable altruist, a technocrat, His Excellency, Pastor Obi is the only one found capable to do this job”.