By ALEX ENEBELI
ENUGU- The PDP lawmaker, representing Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Dr Pat Asadu, says he will work for the victory of the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Dr Peter Mbah, and others come the 2023 elections.
Asadu said this on Sunday when he organised a solidarity rally in support of all PDP candidates in Enugu.
He also pledged to mobilise resources and galvanise his teeming supporters to ensure a landslide victory for the party at the polls.
Asadu, however, debunked speculations that he is working against the party and its candidates in the state, stating categorically that he is for the PDP “whole and entire”.
The federal lawmaker noted that he had benefited immensely from the party since 1999, having served as commissioner in various ministries and spent 16 years in the Federal House of Representatives.
Speaking further at the rally, which was attended by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Mbah and his running mate, Ifeanyi Ossai, and other PDP faithful, Asadu stressed “I am committed to PDP and I will vote and work for PDP from president to councillor.”
The lawmaker thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for honouring him with his presence at the rally in spite of his tight schedule, stressing that the governor was instrumental to his political ascendancy in the National Assembly.
He also appreciated the presence of the PDP governorship candidate, Dr Mbah, and deputy Ossai, expressing confidence that Dr. Mbah would be the next governor of Enugu State.
Asadu assured them that PDP holds all the aces for winning elections in Enugu State.
He said: “The candidates of the PDP, ranging from Mbah, Gov. Ugwuanyi, Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani, Engr. Osita Ngwu, Engr Abba down to the 24 flag-bearers for the House of Assembly seats, will win because you are standing on the solid rock of God and the PDP.”
Reiterating his commitment to the PDP and its victory at the polls, Dr. Asadu said: “PDP has people and I am one of them. I am thanking God for being in the PDP family.”
Also speaking, Dr Mbah applauded Dr Asadu for keeping to his words and putting an end to speculations about his position on the PDP, describing him as a perfect gentleman.
“What we witnessed today was the demonstration of a perfect gentleman. A gentleman is a man who understands and who knows the value of his words. Who knows that his words are his bonds.
“We are here to put an end to the speculations. We have heard the naysayers; we have heard the traitors; we have heard the doubters who conjectured all sorts of things against our Right Honourable (Asadu).
“He is here before all of us to announce that I (Asadu) am very happy and proud to have been a PDP member in the last 23 years and nothing is farther from the truth for anybody to suggest otherwise,” Mbah said.
Mbah also appreciated Gov. Ugwuanyi’s leadership prowess, penchant for peace, quality and sustainable socio-economic polices and programmes.
The PDP guber candidate told the governor that “the proposal we presented to Ndi Enugu about the ambitious economic growth we have, we are only able to do so because of the enabling environment you provided.”
According to him, “we cannot be talking about growth and economy or have a sustainable development if we do not have peace and security.
“We cannot be talking of growing our economy exponentially if you did not provide quality leadership and extensive infrastructure across the state in the last seven years, or if we do not have peace among our civil and public servants that you strongly and full pay their emoluments.
“So we are very happy and proud that we are riding on the pedestal you have provided to move our state to the next level of our economic goal,” Mbah added.
Attributing Dr. Asadu’s solidarity rally to the demonstration of Gov. Ugwuanyi’s exemplary leadership style, Dr Mbah maintained that the demonstration had proved that Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency is now completely intact.
He added that the feat would guarantee 100 per cent victory for the PDP in the state.
On his part, Gov. Ugwuanyi equally thanked Dr Asadu for the bold initiative he took as well as his support over the years.
The governor also thanked stakeholders and people of the state for their unceasing prayers and support, expressing optimism that “by the special grace of God, we will finish well, strong and it will end in praise”. (NAN)