By Chekwube Chukwunyere

AHEAD of the February 2023 general elections, politicians have started declaring their interest in various offices.

The office of the President is not left out in the jostle for power. At the beginning of this month, some politicians stormed the Aso Rock Presidential Villa Abuja to inform President Muhammadu Buhari of their intention to replace him when his second and final term ends on May 29, 2023.

In the same vein, numerous support groups have sprung up to shore up support for various presidential aspirants, especially in the two dominant political parties: the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, and the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. So far, the loudest among the support groups are those rooting for Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

On the eve of the New Year, the Anambra State chapter of APC adopted a motion, urging the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige to contest for the office of the President. The resolution was made at the party’s annual end of the year get-together at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Field, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State. The party gathering, comprising top stakeholders, members of the State Executive and Working Committees, local government and ward executives, unanimously adopted Ngige as the most credible South-Easterner for the presidency.

However, the former Anambra State governor neither accepted nor rejected their request. Rather, he told his party men that he was not unmindful of the challenge thrown at him, being eminently qualified to vie for the position. He appealed to them to give him up to Easter 2022 to respond to their demand, to enable him to consult with his family, political associates and other key stakeholders.

Howbeit, there is no gainsaying the fact that Ngige has all it takes to give Nigerians quality, purposeful and resulted-oriented leadership. Although a trained medical doctor, he has become a shining star in the realm of politics and public service. His burgeoning political career is guided by the utilitarian ideology of bringing the greatest amount of good to the greatest number of people in society.

Like former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir Winston Churchill, Ngige believes that there is no substitute for hard work. He is a man in constant motion. Unlike some aspirants whose only lifetime ambition is to become president, what stands him out is his courage, determination, generosity, creativity, honesty, self-regulation, compassion and humour.

His leadership potentials became a manifest way back in his days as a deputy director at the Federal Ministry of Health when he facilitated the movement of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, from its temporary site in Enugu to the ultra-modern Ituku-Ozalla permanent site. He was equally instrumental to the conversion of Kano Specialist Hospital to a teaching hospital.

As Governor of Anambra State from May 29, 2003, to March 16, 2006, the record that Ngige set on infrastructure and human capital development in just 34 months has remained unbroken to date. In fact, his administration has become a reference point for successive governments, not only in Anambra State and the South-East zone but Nigeria as a whole. Ngige’s numerous achievements were captured in a congratulatory message sent to him by the Anambra State Government to mark his 69th birthday on August 8 last year. Quoting the message by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba: “Senator Ngige was a successful governor when he led the state from 2003 to 2006. He laid the foundation for the rapid development of the state through road and he…

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