By Akin Akande, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday reacted to the criticism trailing the absence of two of its governors, Sullivan Chime of Enugu and Danbaba Suntai of Taraba states, saying that the fact that government activities have been going on smoothly in these states shows that the PDP governments in the two states have direction and focus and are in line with the manifesto of the party to ensure the welfare of the people at all times.
The ruling party commended the leadership of the party in Enugu and Taraba states including the acting governors, party chairmen, speakers of the Houses of Assembly, state caucus members, members of the National Assembly from the states as well as government appointees in the states for holding forth and ensuring smooth running of government affairs in the absence of their governors.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the party said “the fact that government activities are going on smoothly without altercations shows that the PDP governments in these states and indeed across the country have direction and focus, which is to ensure the welfare of the people in line with our manifesto.
“We want to commend our party leadership and government officials in Enugu and Taraba states; the acting governors, the speakers of the Houses of Assembly and other state caucus members and government appointees in these states for holding forth in the absence of Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu state and Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba state, who are out of the country for medical attention.”
However the party said it is deeply saddened that the governors have been away for health reasons, adding, “It is sad for somebody to be ill, but we are all human. So the party commends the people of Enugu and Taraba states for their understanding and steadfastness in praying for their governors. We commend them for the night vigils they held in seeking divine intervention for the governors. We know that God answers prayers and we believe that with all our prayers the governors will soon be back.”