I've no problem with Gov Chime
Few days after the impeachment of Deputy Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon Emeka Nnamani, leading to insinuations that immediate governor of the state and his successor are at war, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani said he has no problem with Gov Sullivan Chime.
In a statement released on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Research and Documentation, Mr. Igbonekwu Ogazimorah, the weekend Nnamani said that he has not seen any reason to fight Chime. He said that as governor he fought many political battles, which were disruptive and therefore would not wish that his successor suffered same fate.
According to the senator, he is, at present, preoccupied with his work as a federal legislator, explaining why he has not been seen in political gatherings much.
The statement reads: “Following the recent development in the Enugu State House of Assembly, where it was reported that some principal officers had been displaced, some imputation have been made suggesting that the unclear exercise had something to do with an imagined political dispute between former Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, now Senator of the Federal Republic, with the present Governor, His Excellency, Sullivan Iheanacho Chime.
“It is also being suggested that some kind of tension had long existed between the two illustrious sons of Enugu State.
“Against this background, we state, again and again, that there is no dispute whatsoever between former Governor Nnamani and Governor Chime. Very clearly, we did say in the past that Senator Chimaroke Nnamani does not see the need in accepting to a fight, even if he is offered one, with Governor Chime, over anything under the sun.
“Indeed, at the present, Senator Nnamani is currently occupied with the rigours attending a fresh man senator of the Federal Republic, which is one reason he has not had time to conduct himself within erstwhile political community and crowd.
“Moreover, having governed Enugu State for eight years, from May 29,1999 to May 29, 2007, Senator Nnamani had his fair share of political battles, some of which were so disruptive and had presented a scenario he would not wish his worst enemy. In those years and as the chief helmsman who had to extricate the state from such decay pervading a long misgoverned entity, he had had to respond and put up with endless provocations, including hidden antics of power players which clearly distracted over time.
“Of course, and as we stated before, Nnamani is very content with his famed role in bringing about a successful transition of power from himself to Chime, a long time friend, school mate and member of his former administration. In that respect, Nnamani would not engage in any conduct capable of rocking the very house he single-handedly built.
Rather, he craves bountiful service to the people of Enugu State in such ways that every citizen would be taking home a well-deserved crown dividends of democracy.
“To this effect, we demand of those who promote a non-existent conflict to find other means of pressing their inclusion in the new administration and not to ‘seek red blood in a clean channel of clean water.”
By UKAMAKA OWOH
Monday, November 12, 2007