Senator representing Enugu east Chimaroke Nnamani has defended his inclusion in the Presidential campaign team of the All Progressives Congress despite being an active member of the opposition party.
Mr Nnamani noted that the presidential candidate of the APC Bola Ahmed Tinubu is his “friend, brother and colleague” whom he is very proud to be associated with.
The inclusion of Mr Nnamani, who is also a former governor of Enugu State, in the 422-member council charged with prosecuting the campaign of APC Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has been generating confusion since Friday when the list of its members was released.
Some had argued that the intended person was a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, a member of the ruling party, who incidentally hails from the Nkanu axis of Enugu East as the former governor.
But in the statement, Mr Onanuga said Mr Nnamani was included in the council because of his relationship with Mr Tinubu.
He stated that the senator may not join the campaign on the field but may give moral support to the APC candidate.
Responding to a Twitter user who sought clarification on his inclusion in the APC’s campaign team, Nnamani said he has great respect for Tinubu, his political antecedents and strides in governance”
HE Tinubu is my friend, brother and colleague. I have great respect for him,his political antecedents and strides in governance. And I am very proud and well pleased with him. Any body belly aching should go ….. himself. pic.twitter.com/4y94I5sSXo
— Chimaroke Nnamani MD, FACOG. (@ChimarokeNamani) September 27, 2022
Reacting to Sen. Nnamani’s support for Tinubu, the spokesperson of the APC Presidential campaign team, Festus Keyamo, hailed the former Enugu governor for being “bold, courageous” and “principled.
Speaking via his Twitter handle, Mr Keyamo said “Bold. Courageous. Principled. A handshake across regional divides. Stand up, @ChimarokeNamani and take a bow. Way to go. Your kind of politics will inspire millions out there. Party loyalty cannot be a cage for your conscience and beliefs. History has recorded you loud and clear!
Bold. Courageous. Principled. A handshake across regional divides. Stand up, @ChimarokeNamani and take a bow. Way to go. Your kind of politics will inspire millions out there. Party loyalty cannot be a cage for your conscience and beliefs. History has recorded you loud and clear! https://t.co/YNZYWUbHZ2
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) September 27, 2022
Mr Nnamani had in August used his verified Twitter handle, to defend Mr Tinubu after the Pyrate Confraternity made some songs disparaging the health of the former Lagos State governor.
He praised Mr Tinubu for the reforms in the administration of criminal justice, education, healthcare and employment of non-indigenes when he was governor of Lagos State.
He said Mr Tinubu has “the best mentorship system” in the country.
“I had cause to engage with him on jobs for Enugu spouses. In the education sector, he introduced Tutor General and raised the bar for teachers,” Mr Nnamani tweeted.