Nollywood Actor, Dr. Kenneth Okonkwo, has declared to contest in the forthcoming governorship election in Enugu State under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), describing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as not working. Okonkwo who declared weekend during the expanded stakeholders meeting of the APC, Enugu State chapter, said he want to replace the incumbent governor because he has nothing to show for in terms of legacy projects in four years of his administration.
He said that the problem that engulfed the state since 1999, have been stakeholders issue, stressing that what is needed now is the people’s governor. “My people made that move, called me and I said God forbid that I will quench your spirit. I said I am going to present myself in line with the wishes of my people for this post to be the governor of Enugu state 2019 and I so present myself. “I want you to understand that it is beautiful when you are coming under a party that you have perused the constitutional aims and objectives and you have ensured that those objectives are compatible with your own aims and objectives as a politician.
“In APC, our aim is to build a nation that will grantee political stability, mutual and peaceful co-existence, respect and understanding and equal opportunity for all. We are here to render selfless at all levels of governance that will grantee people sense of nationality and patriotism. And I have found those believes compatible with my own believe. I Dr. Kenneth Okonkwo hereby present myself to be the gubernatorial candidate of this party”, he declared. The Nollywood Actor, explained that it would be more difficult for him to win the APC ticket than winning the governorship itself. “It is easy to win a non-performing person; it is easy to win somebody whose greatest achievement is billboards and posters.
“We are not talking about refurbishment, we are talking about legacies”, while challenging anybody from Nsukka zone to show him any legacy project that the current PDP administration have done in Nsukka zone. “So if it is not done in Nsukka zone where he come from I don’t need to ask other zones” “Now an Nsukka man being a governor for four years has no legacy project except publishing few kilometers of roads and mountain of billboards all over the state. If we end at that, that will be a smear to the quality of an Nsukka man who is known to be hard working nationally”, he said.
Okonkwo said that when I becomes the governor, he would replicate what they did in Nollywood; where millions of jobs were created without any support but with hard work. “We want to deploy such input and creativity to create legacy project that Nsukka people can be proud of. That is why they said I must proceed to contest for the governorship of Enugu state come 2019 and we will win.”
The Nollywood Actor disclosed that he is only going to serve for one term if elected stressing that since an Nsukka man has served for one term, if elected he would only serve one term in the spirit of zoning arrangement in Enugu State In his speech, the former Governor, Mr Sullivan Chime stressed the need for the members to embrace peace saying, “APC doesn’t have the luxury of crisis.” He applauded the decision of the APC NEC to extend the tenure of its leaders, noting that “it would have been the opportunity for enemies to scatter the party. As things are now, what is before us is more important.”