Engineer Lawrence Ezeh, the Prince of Mburubu is running for the office of the senate to represent Enugu East Senatorial Zone, in Enugu State. Having embarked on several projects in Nkanu land to alleviate the sufferings of his people, neglected by the government, Ezeh got his ticket to senate by popular mandate.
Despite opposition to his ambition by the PDP led Enugu State Government, Ezeh’s chances are very bright as he is a darling of the people across the zone.
In this interview featured at Urban Radio FM, Enugu, he bares his mind on what he intends to do when he gets to the senate, and clarifies on why he had to jump ship with the PDP to emerge the candidate of the APC.
People feel that you are not a stable politician. You jumped ship with your party because it didn’t favor you. How do you react to this?
When you talk about about people who are unstable, you should be talking about politicians who are unstable. But when out of sheer conspiracy, a set of people try to kill the dreams of your entire people, then obviously we should not be talking about being unstable here. I believe that the people of Enugu East Senatorial zone desire a change on the floor of the senate. They have had some people who did well, and those who did virtually nothing. And they have seen me as a very vibrant young man who have done a lot for the people of Enugu East senatorial zone without any form of government power. They are convinced that I am going to do more when put in the position of authority. I also know that I have the backing of these people. You need to understand that politics is a game of numbers, and these numbers is not the number of biscuits or sweets, but the number of the people. And i have got this number, the entirety of my people are aligned behind me. They are waiting to vote for me.
I have said this before, put the politicians aside, those who are looking for their meal tickets, who will tell you that even if PDP says we should vote for goat, we will do it. Its a party thing. the typo who see party as a meal ticket, and not for the betterment of the lots of their people.
So they see it as their own personal business to put food on their table. Besides them are the ordinary other people whop believe that what they need are people like me who are young and vibrant enough to do better. They believe in me, and looking at all those people, and someone says its a party thing, for goodness sake, I don’t see anything unstable about that.
So you are saying that what happened was injustice?
Yes, 100 percent injustice.
But some people think you didn’t do enough engagements with the people to deserve the ticket at the primaries
The entire delegates were aligned behind me. It took a whole lot of coercing, threats, a whole lot of things to be able to couple them to vote for a candidate who for once never came to any of them to canvass for votes. The man never for once approached an singe delegate, never approached any party stakeholder, and up till today, he has never come out open to tell anyone that he is running for senate. That is the political experiment they want to use our people to play, which is already falling like a pack of cards.
In the 6 local governments of your senatorial zone, what do you think is the major needs of your people?
Let me take it local government by local governments, and since chatty begins at home, let me begin from Nkanu East. If you take the route from Agbani to Ugbawka, to Nara to Mburubu and to Nomeh, its a death trap. If you also take it from Nara to Nkerefi, its also a death trap. they need roads. If you also take it from Agbani down to Amagunze and Ihuokpara, if not for the federal government ongoing project that President Muhammadu Buhari gave to the people of Nkanu East and West running to the boundaries of Ebonyi state, there is no other ongoing project from the state government. So when you veer off at the Three Corners, from there to Ihuokpara is also a death trap. So, the first major thing the people of Nkanu East needs at the moment is access roads, good access roads. If you just give us that, you have just give us like 50 percent of what we need. This is because it will help our women to convey their farm produce to the cities to sell.
In my place, when people die, nobody considers going to bury them until after rainy season. This is because there is no road. You take the corpse here you get stuck in the mud along with the corpse. This has been on since before 1999 till now, and since 1999, several other governments keep coming and making bogus promises and tell stories.
We heard you built roads in some areas. is that true?
Yes, the roads I built are internal roads in my community. If you also come to Nkanu West, besides this major road that is going there to Amagunze, being handled by the federal government, there is no other meaningful road project there. The Akpugo axis which they say the state government is doing, how ca you see a road that is 16 kilometers and you just do a singe kilometre in between?