Prof. Bart Nnaji:”I’m currently involved with the development of the electric power sector’
Former Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, has said that he never contested for the Labour Party (LP) gubernatorial ticket in Enugu state, where he lost to Hon. Chijioke Jonathan Edeoga, erstwhile member of House of Representatives.
Prof. Nnaji in a statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media) Chijioke Ogbodo, stated that several people across the globe had reached out to him to ascertain the true state of affairs regarding his alleged involvement in LP gubernatorial primary election, and restated that he was never part of the alleged exercise in Enugu state.
Prof. Nnaji who was also a one-time minister of science and technology, said that he couldn’t have possibly participated in a struggle for the party’s ticket for any public office, since he is not a member of the LP.
According to the statement, Prof. Nnaji, is currently preoccupied with the development of the electric power sector, which is a sine qua non for rapid national economic development and growth.
The statement made available to SummitNews reads: “There is a report making the rounds on the social media claiming that Professor Bart Nnaji, CON, NNOM, FAS, former Minister of Power, and also former Minister of Science & Technology, contested for the gubernatorial ticket of the Labour Party in Enugu State, but lost to The Honorable Chijioke Jonathan Edoga, an erstwhile Member of the House of Representatives who has been a Commissioner in the State. Following the publication, a lot of people from different parts of the world have been making inquiries to ascertain the true state of affairs.
“I would like to state categorically that Professor Nnaji is not a member of the Labour Party, and has never been. Therefore, there is no way he could have possibly participated in a struggle for the party’s ticket for any public office. His preoccupation right now is the development of the electric power sector, which is a sine qua non for rapid national economic growth but is in a poor shape.
“Given his status in Nigerian society and antecedents on the international stage, it is only natural that people from all walks of life visit him regularly wherever he is. The near countless visitors include politicians and their supporters from various parties. As someone well reputed for an open-door policy, he cannot stop any set of persons from associating with him.
“It is, to repeat, a stretch to allege that Professor Nnaji is a member of the Labour Party, let alone contest unsuccessfully for the party’s gubernatorial ticket. The public is urged to ignore the false report.”
It would be recalled that Prof. Nnaji was one of the front line gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of Enugu state People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 general elections.