The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, November 15, expressed his regret for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC) without dragging Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State along with him.
Dogara made the remark at the reception hosted by the senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District, Chuka Utazi, on behalf of the Nsukka cultural zone for the governor.
According to Dogara, Ugwuanyi’s pedigree as a ‘Progressive’ while at the lower house will serve as a tonic that will boost governance in Enugu state.
Dogara said: ”For us in the House of Representatives, the governor is our Ambassador. The fact that am here today attests to the kind of leadership Ugwuanyi provided during his stay at the National Assembly. I have no doubt that Ugwuanyi’s pedigree will be brought to bare in Enugu state.
”I will hold him (Ugwuani) accountable if he does not bring those developmental goals we discuss to Enugu state. He was a progressive mind at the House of Rep. One of my regrets is that i did not cross over to APC with him.”
On his part, Senator Utazi stated that destiny has beckoned on the governor at this time to shoulder the heavy responsibilities of leadership in the state.
He said: ”We are confident that the governor’s pedigree and inscrutable focus shall move our people many years ahead. You are carrying the aggregate of the hopes of a people. We know you will be a leading light of this generation in terms of the quality of leadership you would demonstrate.”
Responding, Governor Ugwuanyi urged the people of the state to remain steadfast in their prayers and support his administration to achieve more for the people.
According to Vanguard, many political heavyweights attended the ceremony and they include Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeremadu, Governor Ibrahim Dankwanbo of Gombe state, former Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu state, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, billionaire business man, Chief Authur Eze, Peoples Democratic Party publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, former minister of information, Chief Nnia Nwodo among others.
Meanwhile, Dogara has allayed fears over a slow pace of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government and called on Nigerians to be patient.
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