Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain and Chairman of the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, Denge Josef Onoh, has suggested that the former Governor of Enugu State, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, be chosen as Atiku’s running mate for the 2023 presidential election by the former Vice President and PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
According to Onoh, Chimaroke Nnamani meets all of the criteria for becoming Atiku’s running mate and a Vice President, citing experience, service delivery, and political skills as examples.
Onoh described Nnamani as a phenomenon whose established Ebeano political structure has outlived various forms of tsunamis and has continued to gain wide acceptance beyond the southeast region, but has gained national attraction and acceptance, according to a statement he made available in Enugu on Tuesday.
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He recalled that Senator Chimaroke Nnamani ran for the PDP presidential ticket in 2007, but that he followed the party’s overall guiding principles and the national regulation of power rotation between northern and southern Nigeria, which allowed Nnamani’s co-governor, late Umaru Musa Ya’Adua, to emerge as the party’s presidential candidate and win.
Onoh also brought life back to the Chimaroke Nnamani-lecture series, which enthralled the country with theme issues that touched on the nation’s fundamental values and the ideological bent of a united Nigeria with a decided global competitiveness destiny.
He stated that Nnamani is still remembered as the father of modern-day regional synergy, who reshaped Enugu state to become the home of all Nigerians, rather than just the home of the Eastern Nigerians, and that as a philosopher king, Nnamani echoed the triangular allegory of maturity in Njepu, Olu, and Ntozu, which are the accomplishments of every ambitious country aspiring to join the League of Nations.
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According to Onoh: “My choice of Chimaroke Nnamani as running mate to the PDP presidential candidate is anchored on the facts that Nnamani is infallible; I’ve worked with him when I was in the House of Assembly and I know him as a decisive and determined character. He is also a human resources manager and a nationalist who traversed the length and the breadth of Nigeria, engaging the nationalities of the country and was accepted as a Presidential aspirant.
“The state of the nation and its present polarities requires a Vice President that has the balls, and Nnamani is one man I can vouch for that he cannot betray anyone or the nation. As a Governor his achievements in the state have remained the modern-day monuments of the state, such as in ESUT permanent site and Teaching hospital, the Ozalla and Nkwere-Inyi water schemes, the Z.C Obi link road, dualization of major streets in Enugu, the International Conference center, and many numerous landmark achievements to mention.
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“Chimaroke Nnamani is among some of the rare men who are true to their words. The likes of Ahmadu Ali are among some of the prominent Nigerians who know Chimaroke Nnamani very well. His Ebeano polity dynasty produced a Senate President, a Deputy Senate President, Governors, Ambassadors and PDP party executive leaders.
“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo can still attest to the fact that Chimaroke Nnamani helped to stabilize the PDP when the party shook from its foundation. Atiku Abubakar is a friend to my father and in that honour I can vouch for Chimaroke Nnamani before Atiku Abubakar that Nnamani will be a unifying factor and can wage arsenals if the going gets tough. He has built bridges around the country since 1999 and shares the same vision with the PDP flagbearer.”
Source: Vanguard News