As the Race to succeed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State gathers momentum, The People of Enugu East Senatorial District have been clamouring to Produce the Next Governor of the State in accordance with the Zoning Arrangement. However, Below is a List of Five Political Heavyweights from the Enugu East that may succeed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in 2023.
1. Sir Frank Nweke
Nweke has never left the People's Democratic Party (PDP) since he joined the Party in 1998. He came into political limelight in 2001 following his appointment as Chief of Staff to the then Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani. The 55years-old Politician later served Minister for Information during the Second Tenure of Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. Nweke has the formidable structure to achieve his Gubernatorial Ambition come 2023.
2. Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi
Ubosi, 50 is the Incumbent Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, a position he has been occupying since 2015. The Third-term Lawmaker began his political career in 1997 as a Ward Councilor, Ubosi is a One-time Financial Secretary of the PDP in Enugu East. He is a strong loyalist of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Thus, Rt. Hon. Ubosi might be endorsed by the Governor to succeed him in 2023.
3. Hon. Chijioke Jonathan Edeoga
The 56years-old Edeoga joined active politics in 1992 as the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to a State Governor. Since 1997 till date, The Isi-uzo indigene has held several positions including a Local Government Chairman and a House of Representatives Member. Currently, the PDP Topshot is the Enugu State Commissioner for Environment. Hon. Edeoga is one of the Top Aides of Ugwuanyi whom the Governor might consider as his likely successor in 2023.
4. Senator Gilbert Nnaji
Nnaji, 55 is an indigene of Amorji-Nike, Enugu East Local Government. He began his Career in Politics when he became the Chairman of Enugu East Local Government in 1997 and served till 2002. He contested Election in 2003 to represent Enugu East/Isi-uzo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives which he won. Nnaji served for Two-terms, 2003 to 2011 during which he was the Deputy Majority Leader. In 2015, he contested for and won the Enugu East Senatorial Seat under the PDP platform, he held that position until June 2019. Senator Nnaji is a top contender to watch out as the likely successor of the incumbent Governor
5. Dr. Chinyeaka Ohaa
From the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) camp, Ohaa is a strong contender to watch out from the Enugu East Senatorial District. The 60years-old Bureaucrat is a loyalist of Ex-Governor Chimaroke Nnamani, The Nkanu West indigene served as the Accountant General of Enugu State between 1999 and 2006. Ohaa recently retired from the Federal Civil Service as Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Power. The APC Topshot has a solid political structure in the State.
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