• Barrister George Ogara, Chief Uche Nnaji and Chief Ugochukwu Agballah
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State, Chief Uche Nnaji, on Sunday, unveiled his running mate, in the person of Barr. George Ogara.
Presenting him to the media at the South-East secretariat of the APC, Nnaji said it took him time to find a running mate because he was looking for quality.
He disclosed that the task to find a Deputy was very tormenting, adding that “it wasn’t an easy one because I knew the kind of person I was looking for. I know my quality, so I needed to get someone in the same category.
“People say everywhere that I’m the best among all the guber candidates in Enugu State. For that reason, I must get the best deputy guber candidate.
“I have been able to get a professional in politics as my running mate, Barr. George Ogara.”
Nnaji further disclosed that the ward tour he undertook was an eye-opener on the situation of the party, as well as condition of infrastructure in the State.
“We have been on ward tour to thank our people and it was not easy, very revealing. We discovered people that are Abuja politicians and those that are grassroots politicians.
“The new APC is work in progress. We will keep getting the other ones that are reconcilable, the other ones we will reconcile when we get into Government House,” he said.
Earlier, the State Chairman of the party, Barr. Ugo Agballa declared the determination of the party to produce the next governor of Enugu State, saying the APC was resolute in its move to provide alternative come 2023.
According to him, “we have a party that is capable. We won’t allow some people to impose their crony.
“Everybody who loves Enugu State must converge in APC to stop the plan by the cabal. The ruling hegemony must be stopped. The political class in the PDP are opportunists.
“They talk about our tomorrow when they have destroyed our today. Let Enugu people converge here- politicians, religious leaders, professionals, artisans, the children, whose future have been destroyed. Uche Nnaji is equiped to lead the war against this rampaging cabal.
“They dominate Enugu politically and economically. I call on the people of Enugu State to rise against this opportunistic cabal, people who have reduced us to beggars.
“It is not a battle for Uche Nnaji alone, it is for the entire people of Enugu State.”
In his remarks, Ogara pledged total loyalty to Nnaji and the party.
“I’m overwhelmed by the support. I’m overwhelmed by the joy over my appointment as the running mate.
“I want to say that I will work for this party so that all our interests as politicians are protected.
“I want to assure everyone of my loyalty to our candidate and the party for the next eight years.
“I can perform and I will do this work without complaining and I will render account to you,” he pledged.
It will be recalled that Ogara, who hails from Igbo-Eze South local government area in Enugu North Senatorial zone of the state, was a factional governorship candidate of the APC in 2019 until the eve of the election when an Appeal Court judgement set aside his nomination in favour of Senator Ayogu Eze.