- Former minister of information, Frank Nweke Jr has been cleared to contest for the governorship seat of Enugu state
- Nweke will be running for Enugu's number one political seat under the umbrella of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
- He has however expressed optimism about winning stating that he will transform Enugu into an industrial global hub if he emerges as governor
Nweke who has been off the radar of politics will be contesting under the umbrella of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The announcement was made in a statement by the screening committee of APGA who confirmed that Mr. Nweke has passed the screening process and therefore cleared to contest at the gubernatorial poll.
2023: I will transform Enugu into a global industrial hub - Nweke Jnr
As gathered by Legit.ng Nweke, in his declarative statement said if he emerged governor, his administration would transform Enugu State into a global industrial hub.
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It was further gathered other aspirants cleared by APGA included, Umeadi Peter Nnanna Chukwudi, Udensi Chikwendu Ukaobasi, Ijioma Nwokoro Ijioma, Ibe Gregory Ikechukwu, and Waya Joseph.
Others were Akaa Priscilla Denen, Odoh Benard Ifeanyi, Ozoemena Obi Donatus Madubuike, Nnamani Emeka, Udeh Donatus Ofobuikem, Ombugaku Mathew Avre, while Uwa Etigwe (SAN) was listed as ‘uncleared.’
Nweke had served as Chief of Staff to former state Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani. He was later appointed the Minister of Youth, Minister of Information, and later the Minister of Information and Communications during the second term of President Olusegun Obasanjo (2003 to 2007).
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In another similar report, Barth Nnaji, a former minister of power has accepted the call to run for the seat of governor in Enugu state.
Nnaji accepted the call after some members of an organisation presented the nomination and expression of interest forms which was purchased for him.
The former minister in his acceptance speech said he (Nnaji) is committed to serving the people of the state.
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Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has allegedly picked a serving senator, Uba Sani, as his anointed successor.
One of the governorship aspirants in the state said the governor made his choice known on Wednesday, May 4.
The Kaduna governor also reportedly asked one of his former commissioners who had wanted to succeed him to go to Senate instead.