By Tony Adibe
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State on Tuesday set up its State Campaign Council with a total of 1,795 members.
Disclosing this during a press conference at the campaign headquarters in Enugu, the Director-General of the Campaign Organization, Chief Ikeje Asogwa, said the members would work in various committees for the purpose of the assignment.
Chief Asogwa said: “Today, we want to announce our State Campaign Council which has been constituted and to inform the general public that we are ready to kick off.
“Campaign has already started at the grassroots level at the various council areas of the state. Today, our town hall meetings in the 68 development centres across the state are commencing at Aninri local government area.”
Commenting on the composition of the State Campaign Council, Asogwa said a former Commissioner in the state, Dr Eric Oluedo, was appointed as the Secretary General, while Dr Dan Shere, an ex- Secretary to the Enugu State Government (SSG), Hon Deacon Okey Ogbodo and Rt Hon Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi were appointed as Deputy Directors for North, East and West Senatorial Zones, respectively.
Asogwa also announced the Directors of other committees to include, Dr Emeka Okeke (Administration), Barr Nwabueze Ugwu (Compliance), Hon. Ogbonna Asogwa (Contact and Outreach), Hon. Chinedu Onu (Corporate).
He said that the Private Sector Coordination) would be handled by Olangwa Ezekwe (Diaspora), Prince Emeka Odo (Finance), and Rt Hon. KGB Oguakwa (Inter-Party Affairs).
Others are Tahil Ochi (Logistics), Dr Victor Udeh (Legal Services), Dr Martin Chukwunweike (Medical Services), Hon. Dr Kingsley Udeh (Media/Mainstream), Hon. Onyekachi Ugwu (Media/New Media), Dr Reuben Onyishi (Media/Online), Hon. Jude Asogwa (Monitoring) and Chief Mike Onu (Operations).
Also appointed as Directors are Dr Sam Ogbu-Nwobodo (Research and Strategy), Chief Barr Nana Ogbodo (Communications and Campaign Spokespersons), Dr Kingsley Ebenyi (Reconciliation), ACG Sam Aneke (Security and Safety), Rt Hon. Prince USA Igwesi (Support Groups and Coordination), Engr Chinedu Ani (Technical and Systems), Uwakwe Ezeja (Trade Unions and Trade Associations).
Others are, Emeka Onah (Vitico) (Transport), Ricky Agu (Voter Education), Hon. Rita Mbah (Women Coordination), Hon. Uche Nwobodo (Works), Hon. SKE Udeh-Okoye (Youths Mobilization), Engr John Nwakoby (Non-Indigenes), and Beloved Dan Anike (Grassroots Mobilization).
According to Chief Asogwa, Hon Dan Nwomeh retains his position as the Head of the Peter Mbah Media Office. Chief Asogwa further announced the appointment of a Campaign Advisory Committee consisting of prominent elder statesmen and political leaders in the state.
Topping the list are former governors, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Chief Okwesilieze Nwobodo and Group Captain Joe Orji (rtd). Also on the body are former deputy governors, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, Dr Sunday Onyebuchi and Rev Dr Ralph Nwonye.
Others are Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Rev. Hyde Onuaguluchi, Senator Ben Collins Ndu, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, Hon. Dr Pat Asadu, Rt Hon Toby Okechukwu, Senator Gil Nnaji, Ambassador Justina Eze, Hon. Goddy Agbo and Hon. Dubem Onyia.
Also on the list are Chief Rex Onyeabor, Hon. Charles Ugwu, Chief Dr Sam Onyishi, Hon. Chris Nnadi, Hon Gary Eneh, Chinyeaka Ohaa, Chief Wilson Agbo, Barr. Charlie Ugwu, Chief Maxi Ukuta and Prof Damian Oputa.
Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Edward Ubosi, Commissioners in the state and the 17 council chairmen completed the list of the advisory committee members.
Asogwa said that the party had also constituted Local Government Campaign Councils for 17 Local Government Areas in Enugu State, adding that the campaign organisations would kick off simultaneously at the state and council levels.
The DG also announced that those expected at the town hall meetings in the 68 developments of centres were traditional rulers, town unions executives, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, traders, farmers, religious leaders, youths, women organisation, transport unions, professional bodies, local government workers, teachers, and others. He said the timetable for the town hall meetings had been released to the public.