Former Minister of Power, Prof Bart Nnaji, joins battle for Enugu 2023 governorship contest, today 3 April 2022.

Individuals and groups hitherto mounted a soft social media campaign to get him to accept to run.

Today at his country home, one of the groups came to present the PDP’s N21million interest and nomination forms.

The group, known as Coalition Of Friends of Bart Nnaji, presented the forms at Nnaji’s Umuode residence in Nkanu East LGA.

A spokesperson said they relied on Prof Nnaji’s “proven track records” to bet that he will “turn things around.”

Nnaji responded that he is encouraged by the number of persons and groups urging him to run. He thanked the groups for their gesture and expressed his interest to contest the position.

He however observed that insecurity is the biggest issue confronting Enugu and the Southeast at this moment.

This, he said, poses a challenge to maintaining the peace and development in Enugu State.

If given the opportunity to rule, he outlined his priorities as peace, industrialisation and investment drive to accelerate development.

He said the state needed to facilitate establishment of industries to solve the challenges of youth unemployment.

He also said he will employ his worldwide contacts to promote foreign direct investments into Enugu.

Nnaji paid tribute to governors that have ruled the state and promised continuity and an acceletated tempo of development efforts if chosen to lead.

Nnaji comes from Nkanu East which, like old Awgu and Isi-Uzo, have clamoured for the opportunity to present PDP’s candidate for Governor.

Former Deputy Senate President and current Senator, Ike Ekweremadu, has also reportedly procured the nomination forms. He comes from Aninri LGA in the Old Awgu colonial Division.

So had Barr. Chijioke Edeoga, erstwhile Commissioner for Environment, who resigned his position to also contest. Edeoga is from Isi-Uzo LGA in Enugu East Senatorial District.

Nnaji joins governorship battle for Enugu 2023 contest