By Linus Chukwuma
Peter Obi, “The man who came far ahead of his generation”, as one of his admirers calls him has in a sentence summarily defined the personality of Senator Uche Ekwunife. Both what has been written, and to be written in expression of Ekwunife was captured in the trending video circulating on social media.
The PDP Vice Presidential candidate in the last elections is a man of unassuming personality who has etched his name on the mind of the masses for his prudential and sterling achievements while he served as the governor of Anambra state.— Okwute as we fondly call him amongst what he is known for is, being honest. It was one of the reasons, my ilks championed his joint ticket – Atiku/Obi – presidential campaign in the last elections.
Obi’s spot-on assessment that Ekwunife is a Senator with a fabulous performance history is a validation to why she kept getting steadfast support in every election she declares to contest. At the present, the Igbo-Ukwu born Senator is in the race to succeed the APGA led government.
Yesterday, while surfing the internet seated on a Mahogany seat at a study-like spot inside my room I stumbled on the video of Ekwunife’s Thanksgiving/Inter-Denominational service, it was the occasion Obi made the benign remarks, “If you go anywhere with Uche, you’re sure.”
Ekwunife must have shown great distinctives and competence which are uncommon in today’s politics to earn such testimony. By my comprehension, the Senator is indeed a type any serious party can have on the ballot and be sure of victory.
This, however, is why both PDP delegates and Ndi Anambra must ensure Ekwunife’s victory at the polls ahead of November 6 gubernatorial election. Ndi Anambra should know that the challenge of governance in the state is absence of Ideas. Idea is the difference between bad and good governance. Policies are product of ideas and only a governor alongside cabinet with thorough understanding of the peculiarities of the state can successfully return the Light of the Nation on the path of economic prosperity.
Interrogating the aspirants who have, so far, joined the governorship race the person with a near-perfect roadmap, experience and grassroots support for the job is Ekwunife, “The elective positions she has held in the past we know she performed exceptional well”, according to the former governor, “and the present position she is serving we know what she will do”, he added.
It is interesting to know that unambiguous words of Obi is in complete agreement with testimonies of other constituents, “No Senator in the history of Anambra state has come close to the performance of Ekwunife”, says a constituent who was reacting to the lawmaker’s 9th empowerment programme.
But then, the Chairman of Senate Committee on Science and Technology who has so far had an eventful and celebrated life in politics mirrors what effective representation should be, and has accelerated her quest, leaving no stone unturned to root out poor governance and challenges that have robbed off the state its prospect.
Not to be guilty of fallacy, the surest route for PDP to Agu Awka is via Ekwunife and truly, once we go into the election with her, victory is sacrosanct.