Enugu Speaker Defies Consensus Candidacy, Declares For Governor

Enugu Speaker Defies Consensus Candidacy, Declares For Governor

By News Desk | The Trent on October 31, 2014
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The Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Eugene Odo on Thursday, October 30, 2014 went against the consensus arrangement as regards the 2015 gubernatorial poll by picking up the N11 million Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) form for the primary elections.

Odo made this know while speaking to newsmen at the state Assembly complex

Governor Sullivan Chime had last month called a stakeholders meeting where he presented member of the House of Representatives representing Igbo Eze North /Udenu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as his successor, with the stakeholders supporting the decision, although several others kicked against the decision, among whom was Odo.

The Speaker said if selected at the primaries on Saturday, November 29, 2014 and elected in next year’s  elections, he will transfer his wealth of experience as head of the House and his great working relationship with the executive as Speaker.

Odo said: “I believe that if we find ourselves on the other side of the divide (executive arm of government), having led the legislature and also helped the executive, we are going to do better.

On the consensus candidate, he stated: “Of course we were in the meeting and we had our reservations; there is nothing wrong with consensus but the process through which it was arrived at was the problem. Our party frowns at consensus, the consensus that will make more sense to all of us is the consensus that will be arrived at on November 29 during the primaries. We hope that on November 29 the delegates will vote for the candidate of their choice.”

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