Former Minister of Information and Communications, Frank Nweke Jnr. has been cleared to run in the governorship election in Enugu State.
Gatekeepers News reports that Nweke, who joined the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in March was given the all clear to fly the party’s flag in the 2023 governorship elections in the state.
The approval of his governorship ambition was revealed in an official statement signed by Sly Ezeokenwa, Secretary, Screening Committee 2022 of the party.
The development was sequel to clearance from the Presidential and Governorship Screening Committee, duly appointed by the National Working Committee of the party, following the screening of prospective aspirants – pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph 16 (3), Chapter 3 of the APGA Electoral Guidelines for the 2022 Primary Election.
Nweke had stated during his declaration in April 2022 that he’d turn Enugu State around and make it an industrial hub of global repute.
His aspiration was found genuine enough to be cleared by the party for the governorship race in the state.
The party statement further listed other aspirants ‘cleared’ in other states and Enugu to include; Umeadi Peter Nnanna Chukwudi (Presidential screening), Udensi Chikwendu Ukaobasi (Governorship screening – Abia State), Ijioma Nwokoro Ijioma (Abia), Ibe Gregory Ikechukwu (Abia), Waya Joseph (Benue), Akaa Priscilla Denen (Benue), Odoh Benard Ifeanyi (Ebonyi), Ozoemena Obi Donatus Madubuike (Enugu), Nnamani Emeka (Enugu), Udeh Donatus Ofobuikem (Enugu), Ombugaku Mathew Avre (Nasarawa State).
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Uwa Etigwe was listed as ‘Uncleared’ by the party.
Nweke served as Chief of Staff to former Governor of the State Chimaroke Nnamani.
He had also sought support of the party members during his switch from the APC in March.
“We have to prepare, equip ourselves to take over the state’s leadership and give the citizens better life they have been asking for.
“I have come to serve, to help build this party and to reposition it for the good of the state and its citizens,” he said at the time.
Nweke Jnr. was Minister of Information and Communications between 2003 and 2007 during the second term of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.