PRESS RELEASE July 2, 2007
The attention and curiousity of Chimaroke Nnamani, Senator
of the Federal Republic, have been drawn to an emerging trend of manipulators
to impute an atmosphere of division and disagreement between himself
and new Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Sullivan Iheanacho
While viewing this development as known infantile designs of political
amateaurs who fished where there were no waters, he was not surprised
that such desperate efforts of known, though clearly defeated politicians,
at carving footholds for penetration and inclusion, would follow. "You
know, having woefully failed to muster the strength to prove their mettle
in the field, this kind of falsehood, which is very familiar, appears
the only option they have to explore being reckoned with."
According to the immediate past governor of Enugu State, 'Governor Chime
is barely one month in office and it is not possible that I would have
disagreed with him in so short a time. More importantly, why should
any person think and hope that I would soon quarel with somebody I put
in power. What would be the source of disagreement which I did not see
in the last two or three months when his making as governor was underway?
What actions has he taken to warrant any disagreement now and what would
I have done to him in just a few days, having just returned to Nigeria
from overseas holidays.'
Senator Chimaroke further declares: 'Governor Chime is one of us. He
emerges from the Ebeano political family of the People's Democratic
Party (PDP) and we do not move against ourselves. The government he
has set is from our structure and we are happy he has set to repeat
our great feats in development of Enugu State.'
Regarding what he described as 'hasty and unfortunate interpretations'
of reasons for his absence at the reception organised, last Saturday,
for Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Senator Chimaroke said:
'Those who know or those who wished to appreciate it understand very
clearly the very personal reasons which are not far from the condition
of our associates and staff, Chief Sam Ejiofor and Barrister Peter Mba,
who are not yet free to move as we do, who are not yet free to hold
meetings as we do, who are not yet free to organise as they did in the
past and who are not yet free to contribute their quota in our various
He said that these were far from the laughable suggestion that he wished
to hold the Senate leadership position of Ekweremadu, which process
and event were long known and those who had interest declared same at
the time it was necessary. "Then, I was comfortably holidaying
abroad, fully supportive of the development and so, cannot think of
any such thing as personal personal interest. Isn't it laughable?,"
In his words, "Ike Ekweremadu's success is my success. It is the
success of the Ebeano family. I am sure that anybody who has the record
of Ekweremadu's long and rewarding relationship with me, will not imagine
such view as my being unsettled by his successes. I repeat, his success
is my success. With every sense of modesty, Ekweremadu is my creation
and I cannot object to the growth and evelopment of my creation. It
is my wish and hope that those who arise of our political structure
achieve such muscle that will certainly be of benefit to us and to all."
He argued that it was so surprising to him that those who ought to know
the correct position, as those who ought to cross check with him, readily
jumped into the ring, "to dance to the drumbeat of traditional
bashers of Chimaroke Nnamani. They even ignored clear lines of communication
in cases as this," he regretted.
Senator Chimaroke said however, that he was not so worried that childish
tantrums had been employed by persons he described as "retiring
politicians who fished where there were no waters. What they are looking
for is a gap so they can move in. They wish that I quarel with Governor
Chime so that he would come under their thumb. They wish I quarell with
Senator Ekweremadu so that they can find the gap to move in. Clearly,
quarel between friends is their 'entry' behaviour. But they have always
He further declared that he was certain that his friends and political
associates were not moved by the antics of persons he described as "men
who expend energy on fallow lands and still wish to reap bountifully.
They have my sympathies."