Youths of Hausa extraction resident in Enugu State have pledged total
support for the reelection of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in the March 2
Speaking during a solidarity visit to Gov. Ugwuanyi on Thursday, the
youths who converged on the Government House, Enugu, in very large
numbers described the governor as a detribalized leader who treats
everyone equally regardless of religion and ethnicity, and equally
commended him for developing the state “like no one had ever done”.
“Most of us were born and brought up here in Enugu and don’t know
anywhere else as home,” Alhaji Hamza Buba, leader of the Arewa Youths
explained amid cheers from the excited crowd. According to him, youths
in the Hausa community in the state have been in the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) and will always remain in the party. “PDP is a
party for democracy and for everybody. There has never been any
governor since the return to democracy who has shown concern for our
welfare like you have done. You visit us when there is need.
“We remain loyal to you because you are our father. Our votes will be
cast entirely for you and the PDP. We will definitely ensure we return
you to Lion Building,” he said, adding that they would be going into
the streets from the Government House to campaign vigorously for him.
A former youth leader, Alhaji Danladi Abubakar, who also spoke at the
gathering, praised Gov. Ugwuanyi for enthroning an inclusive policy
that gives every resident a sense of belonging and lays a firm
foundation for peace. “You are the first to give the position of
chairman of the Pilgrims Welfare Board to us. No governor has ever
done that. We are with you one hundred percent. You visit us during
our period of fasting, you assist widows, you assist women, you assist
everybody,” said Alhaji Abubakar, who is also the chairman of New
They also lauded the governor for the magnanimity he displayed in
bringing former governor of the state and Enugu East senatorial
candidate of PDP in the state, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, back to
reckoning. “We’re very happy that you have brought back our father,
Senator Nnamani. We shall all be here on May 29 to celebrate your
victory,” he stated further, noting that it shows that the governor
“is for everybody”.
Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi thanked the group for the solidarity visit,
the support they have always offered his administration, and for the
prevailing peace in the state. He also pledged to continue to work
with them for the development of the state.