Opinion

Awka Stands Still for Ekwunife

. . . As Ugwuanyi, Obi, Tambuwal, Ihedioha, Obaseki, Fintri, Omo-Agege, Lai Mohammed, Uche Ogah, Elumelu, Ezeife, others Attend Senator Uche Ekwunife’s Thanksgiving Ceremony, laud her commitment to people orientated representation

By Kingsley Ubani

Awka, Anambra State, on Saturday, October 26, witnessed an influx of dignitaries as the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Uche Ekwunife, held a Thanksgiving Ceremony to appreciate God for her victory in the last election.

The ceremony which began with an ecumenical church service officiated by the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor, represented by the Director of Communications, Awka Diocese, Rev Fr Dr Martin Anusi; the Archbishop of Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger, His Grace, Bishop Alexander C. Ibezim, represented by Bishop Daniel Olinya of Eha Amufu Diocese; the Presiding Bishop of the Grace of God Mission, Bishop Paul Nwachukwu; and the General Overseer, United Church of Christ Mission, Bishop Dr. Valentine Ijezie, witnessed a deluge of goodwill messages by Governors, Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, their Excellencies, Mr Peter Obi and Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, on Senator Uche Ekwunife.

Presenting a goodwill message on behalf of the Governors, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Hon Emeka Ihedioha, described Senator Ekwunife as a woman of indomitable spirit and a dependable ally. He noted that Senator Ekwunife’s honesty, integrity and strong will distinguished her as a proponent of good causes, as well as a formidable opponent in any contest.

For his part, the former Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Mr Peter Obi, while eulogizing Senator Ekwunife, described her as a performer whose political antecedents remained impressive. He urged the people to always pray for elected officials to use the public resources entrusted on them for public good.

Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife (Okwadike), a former Governor of Anambra State, who spoke shortly before Obi, described the hostess, Senator Uche Ekwunife, as woman of character and substance. Ezeife, after acknowledging cheers from the excited crowd, appreciated Ekwunife for allowing God to use her for the good of the people.

Appreciating her guests, Senator Uche Ekwunife in company of her husband, Chief Larry Ekwunife, and her son, Mr Chidiebere Ekwunife, thanked the guests for sharing in their joy. She noted that the support and goodwill she enjoyed spurred her to do more in the service of the people.

Goodwill messages were also delivered by the National Assembly members and other distinguished guests present.

In attendance at the event were such distinguished personalities as Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu State Governor; Hon Emeka Ihedioha, Governor of Imo State; Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor; Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki; Ahmadu Fintiri, Governor of Adamawa State; Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; Minority Leader of the House of Reps, Hon Ndudi Elumelu; former Governors of Anambra State, their Excellencies, Mr Peter Obi and Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife; the Deputy Governors of Ondo and Imo States, Agboola Ajayi and Rt. Hon. Gerald Irona; Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of State Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uche Ogah; the Secretaries to the Governments of Anambra and Ebonyi States, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu and Dr. Kenneth Ugballa; former Governor of Abia State, Senator Theophilus Orji; the Clerk of the National Assembly, Muhammed Sani Omolori; former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Kenneth Minimah, Rtd; Senators and Honorable Members of the National Assembly; Obi Gibson Nwosu, the Traditional Ruler of Awka, other Traditional Rulers and many other dignitaries.

Chief hostess, Sen Uche Ekwunife welcomes Enugu State Gov, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to the venue of her thanksgiving service at Ekwueme Square, Awka, Oct 26, 2019
L-R: Sen Uche Ekwunife, Hon CID Maduagwu, Hon Chuma Nzeribe, Gov Aminu Tambuwal and Hon Patience Ogodo
Umuada Igboukwu pose with Sen Uche Ekwunife, middle
Anyanwu Nri Ladies accompanying Sen Uche Ekwunife, middle, to the altar for offertory
L-R: Sen Onyebuchi Ezenwa; Gov Obaseki; Gov Tambuwal; Chief Larry Ekwunife; Gov Emeka Ihedioha; and Gov Fintiri of Adamawa
                                                                  
L-R: Mr Peter Obi; Sen Uche Ekwunife; Chief Uzoeto (Ede) and Chief Uduakomili
Sen Uche Ekwunife (2nd left), Gov Aminu Tambuwal, and Dep Gov of Imo State, Hon Gerald Ironna
Sen Uche Ekwunife presenting offertory to the altar
Sen Ekwunife with Hon Chukwuma Umeoji of Aguata Fed Constituency, middle, and another guest
Chief Oseloka Obaze, middle. On his immediate right is the daughter of Alex Ekwueme, Obaze’s running mate in the 2017 guber election in Anambra State
Sen Uche Ekwunife and hubby pose with dignitaries; including Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (3rd left); Gov Emeka Ihedioha (2nd from right) and Mr Peter Obi, extreme right
L-R: Chief Larry Ekwunife; Dep Senate President, Sen Omo Agege; Gov Fintiri; Sen Uche Ekwunife; Gov Ihedioha; Hon Beni Lar; Gov Obaseki; Sen Gyang and Sen Kola Balogun
Chief and Mrs Larry Ekwunife in a group photo with VIP guests
Sen Uche Ekwunife, with Husband, Larry, 1st right, poses with some guests
L-R: Her Excellency, Mrs Vivian Enwerem; Chief Larry Ekwunife (Ochendo); Senator Uche Ekwunife and Senator Akon
Fmr Anambra Gov, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, and Sen Mrs Uche Ekwunife

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