Former president Goodluck Jonathan has commended the leadership style of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State in fostering peace and unity among the political class in the state irrespective of party differences.
Jonathan specifically said the governor’s disposition in relating with members of the opposition political parties, after winning the election, was commendable and the best approach to governance.
The former president made the statement at a dinner organised in his honour at the Enugu state government house, after the 10th anniversary celebration and sixth and seventh convocation ceremonies of Godfrey Okoye University.
President Jonathan stated that Ugwuanyi’s inclusive governance style was a rare feat other leaders should emulate to move their constituencies forward.
“If you are the governor of a state, you must treat all citizens equally, irrespective of their political persuasions, otherwise you are not a good governor”, Jonathan said.
While urging members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to continue to encourage the governor in his peace initiatives, the former President maintained that “we need peace and unity if we want rapid development”.
The ex-President, who expressed happiness over Ugwuanyi’s unprecedented performance during the last election, stated that the governor scored higher percentage of votes in his second term election than in the first term, thanking God that the PDP made the right choice in 2015.
His words: “In most cases as presidents and governors, their second term election is tougher because when you are coming for the first term, there is so much enthusiasm, so much hope by the people. But it is almost difficult to meet the needs of the people.
“So in your second term election, you may win but with less votes. But he (Ugwuanyi) even won with higher votes than in the first election. Today (yesterday) when we went to the university, the community leader spoke about him as a man of peace and from all the information I have gotten since I came, they are not flattering, they are making the correct statement.
“I am happy when I listened to the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo that in his administration (Ugwuanyi’s) he has seen no difference between APC and PDP or any other party. That is commendable and I always tell people, when you become the President or the governor or the chairman, you are not a governor of your party, you are the governor of your state. So I looked back when we all wanted him and I thank God we made the right choice”.
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