24th September, 2010
Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State, South East Nigeria, yesterday shunned hisÂ campaign office commissioning and endorsement rally put together by Sullivan ChimeÂ Support Group-SSG.
The event took place at Rangers Football Club Training Pitch, Liberty Centre IndependenceÂ Layout, Enugu.
All the 17 local government chairmen, state lawmakers, some members of House ofÂ Representatives, senior government officials and support groups were kept waiting from 10Â a.m. till about 4 p.m. when the event was forced to commence after endless wait for theÂ governor.
The governor did not give any reason of his absence.
In his brief speech, Chief Ikeje Asogwa, MD, Enugu State Housing Corporation and stateÂ coordinator/chairman Board of Trustees of the group, stated that their motto isÂ â€œConsolidating the giant strides of the new Enugu State.â€
He urged all and sundry to join them in seeing that Governor Sullivan Chime is returnedÂ for second term.
Work literally came to a halt in the state as politicians and all senior governmentÂ officials relocated to the campaign rally.
Against this backdrop, Deputy Governor Sunday Onyebuchi was immediately conscripted toÂ chair the occasion but he tactically declined to make any speech but later presided overÂ the commissioning ceremony.
Politicians were bewildered at the conduct of the governor and started leaving en masseÂ when Chime did not show.
A notable council chairman of Agbaja extraction in the state was first seen leaving inÂ annoyance followed by others.
However, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Eugene Odoh, told the gatheringÂ that the PDP caucus in the state has earlier endorsed Governor Chime for a second termÂ and that has been confirmed by the stakeholders.
â€œWe have an unopposed sole candidate,â€ he said.
He, however, attracted some rebukes from the crowd believed to be ardent supporters ofÂ Deputy Senate President- Ike Ekweremadu when he described the latter as â€˜â€ordinary deputyÂ senate president.â€
But P.M.NEWS gathered that the governor is planning a bigger rally after he must haveÂ submitted his nomination form already purchased.
At the rally ground, many described Governor Chime as a colourless politician.