February 3, 2023



Enugu North 2023: Conflicting senatorial ambition of Utazi, Ugwuanyi

CHUKS NWEZE examines the intrigues of energy in Enugu with specific reference to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s senatorial bid versus the incumbent senator, Chief Chukwuma Utazi who’s struggling to retain his seat

It was Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, the ex-governor of Enugu state and the senator representing Enugu East Senatorial zone, who described politics as an enormous enterprise. A enterprise which as soon as one will get into it and makes revenue, turns into an uphill job to tug out. 

The above definition may not be unconnected to Kwame Nkruma’s “search you first political energy and each different factor shall be added unto you”. 

The above assertion agrees with the postulation by political scientists that “political energy is as soon as tasted, turns into tough to withdraw because it holds the important thing to unlock many doorways.”

Nnamani’s assertion got here final 12 months when he handed over the “formidable” Ebeano household political dynasty management to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state to proceed to guide Enugu state as he wished, saying that for 2023 election Gov. Ugwuanyi’s alternative of candidates can be their alternative. 

He mentioned that because the chief of PDP in Enugu state and now the chief of Ebeano, which was his brainchild in his heydays because the Ebeano chief after which governor of Enugu state, Senator Nnamani informed Ugwuanyi that it was in his court docket to dictate whoever that ought to go or come. 

He mentioned, “Wherever you inform us to go, we’ll go.  No matter you need us to do, we’ll do,” Nnamani had mentioned to indicate that he has bequeathed  energy to him.

Most likely, urged by this push from the previous governor, Ugwuanyi appeared to have been emboldened to do to the state as he selected, therefore he selected his successor within the individual of Barrister. Peter Mbah and subsequently, he himself, is angling to go to the Senate when his tenure expires by Might 29, 2023.

Following Ugwuanyi’s senatorial ambition, many individuals have been sharing differing views as to the propriety or in any other case of his ambition, whether or not he’s presupposed to go to the Senate taking into consideration the prevailing energy rotation association in most locations in addition to if Ugwuanyi is match and competent to be a senator.

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Because of Ugwuanyi’s senatorial ambition, teams and people have been pouring encomiums on him as a performing governor and have been giving their endorsement.  

Among the many many “appraisers  and endorsers,” are all of the royal fathers in Enugu North Senatorial Zone, led by their chief, Igwe Simon Osisi Itodo, who not too long ago gave Ugwuanyi ‘Ofo’, a totem for him to reach his aspiration.

Nonetheless, the senator at present representing Enugu North Senatorial zone, Chief Chukwuka Utazi, appears to have forged a pall on governor’s senatorial journey. 

Utazi, it was believed, willingly withdrew from the Senatorial race to make means for Ugwuanyi to actualise his dream, nevertheless it has been gathered that he was allegedly, surreptitiously deceived by Ugwuanyi into shelving his third time period ambition.

A proof that Utazi didn’t willingly let go of the Purple Chambers is exemplified in his latest allusion that Ugwuanyi may not be a worthy senator albeit he was within the Home of Representatives for 3 tenures of 12 years earlier than he grew to become governor in 2015.  

Utazi posited that “the Senate just isn’t for tacit and tongue-tied illustration however for individuals who know their onions and the nuances of laws which is completely different from govt governance.”

Utazi in all probability was referring to the 12 years of Ugwuanyi’s illustration on the Inexperienced Chambers the place “he hardly moved a movement on the ground of the Home neither would he even grant an interview to newsmen”.

Observers mentioned, “Ugwuanyi appears to have the character trait of bench-warming as an alternative of being outspoken and assertive as a lawmaker ought to be.

“This might be seen in his not addressing the press since he assumed energy as the chief governor of Enugu state for seven years operating.  

“The one public talking Ugwuanyi does is when he’s studying the annual price range and sometimes throughout public events like Independence anniversary which speech is usually written”, an nameless observer mentioned.

They additional mentioned “So, as a result of lawmaking and laws want somebody that may vigorously and assertively defend his folks and desk their wants earlier than the bigger Nigeria, Utazi inadvertently could have declared Ugwuanyi unfit to go to the Senate come 2023 assuming he is ready to beat his opponents from the rival political events.”

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As a result of Utazi is of the view that Ugwuanyi if elected as a Senate can be counter productive to the folks of Enugu North Senatorial zone, on Saturday Sept 10, 2022 through the third Annual Award and lecture sequence organised by StarLite Newspaper tagged: “The Lure of On the spot Gratifications VS The Starvation for Good Management: The Dilemma of The Nigerian Voter” held at Princess Alexandria Auditorium, College of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), spoke on what is anticipated of a legislator particularly a senatorial candidate.”

The lecture was effectively attended by dignitaries: The previous governor of Enugu state, Dr. Okweillieze Nwodo, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Senator Victor Umeh, Anambra Central Senatorial Candidate (Labour Get together), Prof. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN) and host of others.

Talking on the epoch making occasion, Senator Utazi whereas delivering his lecture emphasised extra on differentiating consultant politics and govt politics; saying that individuals who can do consultant politics will be disqualified from govt politics. 

He spoke extensively about this, telling the viewers of Nsukka that the Senate isn’t just for anyone; “it’s not a job for anyone who has been the previous governor or has been governor or a councillor or commissioner.

“The manager job is completely different whereas parliamentary job is completely completely different and urged Nsukka folks to search for who can do parliamentary job as a result of a few of these in govt politics they don’t even close to the job in any respect, they won’t even perceive it; they don’t simply say as a result of they did govt politics, they’re certified “it’s not true Nsukka.”  This job simply has been proved from Jude Okoro to Ayogu Eze to Myself…. “uno kpo kwa’ru ya wushé ó gà àdi unu n ‘aka” – should you make mistake, you’ve gotten your self responsible.

“You need to get any individual who might be retained again; who will keep there and discuss… within the parliament; you don’t go there and do Press Convention; the place any individual will come and converse for you as govt governor or chairman or native authorities supervisor, folks can converse for you or do press briefing for you however as a parliamentarian, you converse for your self.”

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Utazi additionally emphasised on how he advocated for the ninth Mile/Makurdi Street that’s at present being dualized and the way he personally adopted it up.

“Enugu North Senatorial District doesn’t want somebody who lacks Thought on what to be executed.

Nsukka District doesn’t want somebody who might be worshipped however the job is for any individual who will do the job not a Nominal Individual on the Nationwide Meeting however an individual who might be there for Nsukka folks and tremendous energetic in bringing movement on the go.

“Igbo Nsukka ought to know what’s at stake, now we have come of age that we should do issues proper and the Reply is “Onye enye n’ege, na’ra iti ye n’akpa; we’tee onye ga-ara kwa ta orú á únù mebéé únù eme gbu ya ödú únù n’aka… ekenè mù únù igbo nsukka”. Which means, Nsukka folks ought to be cautious on who ought to signify them on the Purple Chambers, the Senate and never make mistake of their alternative among the many contestants to the senatorial seat.

Though Ugwuanyi has been receiving approvals and endorsement for the senatorial race, many other than Utazi are of the view that Ugwuanyi can be a misfit Senator since he hardly talks however delights in meting out gratifications moderately than give you programmes and insurance policies that might be of curiosity to his constituents.

“Ugwuanyi was on the Home of Representatives for 12 years, what did his folks get when it comes to democracy dividends and what movement did he transfer all these years.  I’m afraid he could bulldoze his means into the Senate as he has been bulldozing himself 2003 however his illustration might be meaningless.  It isn’t even his space that ought to current a candidate for the Senate however he appears to be bent on forcing his means,” laments Okechukwu Ossai who spoke to Blueprint Ugwuanyi’s senatorial ambition.

“We’re simply seeking to see if he would succeed however I pray he doesn’t succeed,” a member of Ohanaeze Ndigbo who wouldn’t need his title in print, mentioned.  “What’s he going to do there aside from to reply a Senator and since going to the Senate appears the protect of former governors in Nigeria,” he puzzled.