A former Minister of Information and Communication, Mr Frank Nweke Jr. on Saturday declared his interest to contest the governorship seat of Enugu State on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
In an official event to declare his interest to take over from Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in 2023, held at the BON Hotel Platinum in the capital of the Coal City State, tagged “Arise Let’s Rebuild Enugu”, Nweke, said his interest in the governorship seat was for service.
Nweke served as Chief of Staff to former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani. He was later appointed the Minister of Youth, Minister of Information, and later the Minister of Information and Communications, during the second term of President Olusegun Obasanjo (2003–2007).
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He contested a seat in the Senate for the Enugu East Senatorial District but lost to Senator Gilbert Nnaji.
Nweke, in his declarative statement, said if he emerged governor, his administration would transform Enugu State into a foreign industrial hub.
He said he was pained that Enugu State which is the capital of the former old Eastern region, old Eastern State, old Anambra State, old Enugu State, and current Enugu State had no viable company that could engage youths of the state in productive ventures, while there were numerous moribund industries built by Michael Okpara across the state.