21st January, 2022
By Stanley Nwanosike
Rev. Donatus Ozoemena, a former UDP governorship candidate in 2019, has declared interest to run again in 2023 for the Enugu governorship position.
This time, he would be contesting under the umbrella of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
He made his declaration during the 2021/2022 Unity Cup Competition finals held at Onoli Primary School Field in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State on Friday.
The cleric noted that his return to the race is to break the jinx of the one-party system of government and give hope to the youths.
According to him, “my decision was driven by a brazen hunger to save the future of Enugu State youths and make the state a hub of employment generation as well as sports, agriculture and infrastructural development, among others.
“In the early part of 2021, the youths organised a couple of air broadcasts moderated by Mr Cydia Okafor, debating and asking me to lead them as Governor of Enugu State, come 2023, because they are tired of this stagnant and hopeless economy.
“They went as far as debating which party should represent them, considering that the major ruling parties have failed them, they overwhelmingly suggested and recommended that I should use a brand new party with good records and that party should be APGA.
“After considering the overwhelming approval, encouragement, support and prayers of our youths, the old, Christian brothers and more alike, I made up my mind to be your servant to lead in rebuilding the state to greatness.
“So I want to officially announce today that I am in for you and the best vehicle to use in making our dream come through in 2023 is APGA.
“It hurts my heart to keep seeing our youths in the predicaments you have been placed in today. The predicaments of lack of hope for the future, joblessness and insecurity, but I assure you that with GOD, there is great hope for you.
“The time is now, your actions and involvement in APGA, as well as Save Enugu State Now Movement activities, will determine our future and even the future of our yet-to-be-born youths and your children.
“And I believe that with the great efforts of all the residents of the 17 council areas of the state; we will break the lopsided jinx of one system/party leadership in our dear state,” he said.