Enugu 2015: Ayogu Eze Insists On Primary, Says He Won’t Be Ambushed...

Enugu 2015: Ayogu Eze Insists On Primary, Says He Won’t Be Ambushed Into Dropping Gov. Ambition


The Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ayogu Eze, has denied reports claiming he has withdrawn interest in the Enugu State governorship race.
Eze, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, also debunked reports that a consensus candidate has been picked for the PDP governorship ticket in Enugu State.
He said: “I wish to state clearly and unambiguously that I’ve not and will not step down for any anointed candidate. I ‘m still squarely in the race for the Enugu Lion Building in 2015”.
On why he attended the meeting where the decision was said to have been taken to endorse House of Representatives member, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as the PDP sole candidate, Senator Eze said he was ambushed.
Narrating the events leading up to the endorsement, the senator said he was invited to a meeting presided over by Governor Sulivan Chime at the Governor’s Lodge in Enugu and that prior to his arrival, the agenda of the meeting was not circulated while the criterion for selecting a consensus candidate from among those attending the meeting was not made known to him.
He stated that during the meeting, he made it known that he was not bound by the decisions reached.
“Democracy is about elections and the will of the people, those elements of democracy will be put to test when we arrive the field for the primaries”, he said.
The lawmaker said he will gladly accept the outcome of the primary election and go the extra mile to work for the party once a candidate emerged, insisting, however, that he cannot be ambushed into dropping out from the race.
“Let me state categorically that my respect for the governor and leader of PDP in Enugu State is not diminished in anyway by this development. My loyalty to the party is also unalloyed”, he explained further.