Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Enugu - A drama ensued on Friday at the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Enugu when two persons
presented themselves to collect the certificate of return for the
Nsukka/Igboeze South federal constituency.
It is reported that the two
persons, Mr Ikechukwu Ugwuegede and Dr Patrick Asadu, both members of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were engulfed in a legal tussle over the
party’s candidacy for the election.
Asadu, a member of the House of Representatives, secured a
ruling at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja recognising him as the right
candidate for the election.
Ugwuegede, however, appealed the ruling.
The two appeared at the INEC office during the presentation
of certificates of return to the governor- elect and National Assembly
members-elect but were denied the certificate.
Each of the candidates pleaded to the National Commissioner
of INEC, Dame Gladys Nwafor, to collect the certificate but the commissioner
Presenting the certificates, Nwafor, who is the INEC
National Commissioner for Enugu, Imo and Ebonyi states, urged the elected
officials to fulfill their campaign promises to the people.
According to her, today is a very unique day for the INEC
and the government of Enugu State.
"We are here to give certificates of return to whom the
electorate has given the mandate to serve the people.
"It has not been an easy task for both the commission and
the contestants. I call it a divine mandate to serve the people.
"Enugu State is one of the most peaceful states and I am
happy to be associated with the state,’’ she said.
In his acceptance speech, the governor-elect, Mr Ifeanyi
Ugwuanyi, promised to deliver selfless service to the people and take the state
to the next level.
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Ugwuanyi assured the people of a transparent and an
"We will not fail you. On behalf of everyone elected, I
will like to say a big thank you to the God of David and Abraham for making
this day possible.
"I want to thank INEC for delivering credible and
transparent elections. The people have spoken and God has sealed it,’’ he said.
Sen. Gilbert Nnaji who represents Enugu East and Mr Chukwuka
Utazi elected to represent Enugu North, received their certificates.
Other National Assembly members-elect who received their
certificates included Mr Chime Oji (Enugu North/South), Dr Kingsley Ebenyi
(Enugu East/Isi-Uzo) and Dr Chukwuemeka Ujam (Nkanu East/Nkanu West).
Mrs Stella Ngwu (Igboetiti/Uzo Uwani), Mr Dennis Agbo
(Udenu/Igboeze North) and Mr Dennis Amadi (Udi/Ezeagu) also received their
Sen.Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West Senatorial Zone) and Chief
Toby Okechukwu (Oji River/Awgu/Aninri constituency) were absent during the