Deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has commended the peaceful conduct of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) primary elections in Enugu-west Senatorial District ahead of the November 4, 2017 local government election in Enugu State.
Ekweremadu also assured that the ongoing constitution amendment exercise would address challenges facing local governments across the nation.
The Senator who monitored the exercise in the five local governments of Enugu-West in company of the Member representing Aninri-Awgu-Oji Federal Constituency, Toby Okechukwu, and Member representing Udi-Ezeagu Federal Constituency, Dennis Amadi, among others said the overwhelming acceptance of the results of the primaries by party faithful was not only an indication of the popularity of the winners, but also the readiness of the PDP to make a clean sweep in the forthcoming council election in the district.
He advised the winners, Nestor Ochin in Udi, Stanley Okeke in Awgu, Chukwudi Ezinwa in Ezeagu, Chukwu Ezekiel in Aninri, and Harrison Okeke to campaign vigorously and also be ready to reciprocate the confidence reposed in them by the party faithful and the electorate by impacting their lives positively when voted in.
On the amendment of Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution in the ongoing constitution amendment exercise, Ekweremadu said: “It will be wrong to assume that the local government is running smoothly in majority of the states as we have it in Enugu State under the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi administration.
“For this reason, the National Assembly is working to ensure that the ongoing constitution amendment exercise accords the third tier of government substantial autonomy to deliver dividends of democracy to the people”.