Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State, including former Governor Sullivan Chime, have said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi will decide whether they will decamp from the party.
Chime made this known when he received Ugwuanyi and stakeholders from Enugu East Senatorial District in his country home on Thursday.
He said: “If the governor tells us to remain in the PDP, we will do so.
“But if he tells us to move elsewhere, we will sit together, discuss and then decide to either move or not
“This is now a family affair and whatever the governor says is what we are going to do.
“As a people, we must be together and that is the only way to progress.”
Chime, however, insisted that the Enugu State people must work as one family in the interest of the state.
Chime, therefore, appealed to residents of the state to support the leadership of Ugwuanyi in order to sustain the ongoing development in the state.
The former governor said his eight years of leadership was like an imprisonment, adding: “What is worst is after coming out of the ‘prison’ your people will be insulting you.
“For eight years, we navigated ourselves through the stormy waters, but we succeeded with your support.
“We are happy that our people have come to show appreciation for all we did.”
Chime said he would not regret all the sacrifices he made to engender peace and unity in the state.
Chime expressed regrets that it was in his own senatorial district that he received the highest opposition even within the PDP.
“It was in Enugu East Senatorial District that I received the highest opposition, but our people remained steadfast in their support to us,” Chime said.
He said Ugwuanyi had started well by moving round the state to see things for himself, adding that the governor didn’t want to depend on the handover note he gave him.
Responding, Ugwuanyi expressed readiness to carry all sections of the state along as one united family as well as continue from where the former administration stopped.
Ugwuanyi, who was on a solidarity visit, promised to complete the ongoing projects initiated by his predecessor.
He said: “Sullivan Chime remains my mentor in and out of office and he has charted a trajectory toward the development of our state.
“His work has not ended as we shall continue to feed from him.”
Ugwuanyi pledged his administration’s determination to develop each and every part of state.