The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State yesterday, gave the assurance that Governor Sullivan Chime, who had spent 112 days on vacation overseas, would soon return to the state, saying the current furore generated over his whereabout was uncalled for.
In a press statement signed by the state Chairman of the party, Mr. Vita Abba, the party noted that despite the governor’s absence from the state, the machinery of governance had not been affected in any way.
According to the party, developmental projects initiated by the governor and those commenced by the State Executive Council under the leadership of the Acting Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, have been on course.
The PDP statement, which was made available to newsmen in Enugu, read: “In view of the recent media reports and publications by a group of individuals on the vacation of His Excellency, Governor Sullivan Iheanacho Chime, the Peoples Democratic Party, Enugu State Chapter wishes to state as follows:
“Since the inception of the PDP-led government of Sullivan Iheanacho Chime in 2007, we have had challenges and tribulations. The first was when we lost at the lower Election Tribunal. To the good people of the state, it seemed then that the world had come to an end but by the grace of God we did overcome.
“In the recent past, during the 2011 elections, the PDP government under Sullivan Chime was brought to its knees during the tenure of Dr. Okwisilieze Nwodo as national chairman of PDP. Through prayers, tremendous goodwill and call for justice by the people of Enugu State, we also overcame.
“Now, the governor’s vacation has brought another challenge to our government. I expect that the good people of Enugu State and Nigeria at large should live up to the challenge once more believing that the governor will soon return to continue with his good works in the state”, the statement concluded.