Cowley Hill candidate hopes to be minority councillor for Hertsmere Borough Council

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A Nigerian immigrant says he is hoping to become one of Borehamwood's first ethnic minority councillors.

Victor Eni was born in the Biafra region of Nigeria, and is standing as the Conservative candidate for Cowley Hill.

He came to Britain in 1995 and began work as a temp in Sainsburys, Elstree, where he is now one of the managers.

An event supporting his candidacy for election to Hertsmere Borough Council took place this weekend.

Speaking to in Borehamwood Times, Mr Eni said he was proud to stand as a minority councillor for Hertsmere Borough Councillor.

He added: “The Conservative Party is the only major party in Hertsmere to field ethnic and minority candidates in previous and this year's election, representing the true make-up of the local population in the borough.”

Mayor Councillor Pat Strack also added her support for a more diverse council make-up.

She said: “We need to demonstrate that we have drawn candidates from the whole community, as diverse as it is. New ideas and new faces are what this council needs, as well as the knowledge of the experienced candidates.”

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4:06pm Mon 12 May 14

Unsullied says...

I can't vote for a man who has a total disregard for his neighbours and chooses to use the large grassed area outside his house as his personnel drive way.

Please show more consideration for your local neighbourhood before standing for the Borough Council Mr Eni.
I can't vote for a man who has a total disregard for his neighbours and chooses to use the large grassed area outside his house as his personnel drive way. Please show more consideration for your local neighbourhood before standing for the Borough Council Mr Eni. Unsullied
  • Score: -8

5:55pm Mon 12 May 14

cpndesign says...

What about Hertsmere Councillors Pervez Choudhury and Derrick Gunasekera?
What about Hertsmere Councillors Pervez Choudhury and Derrick Gunasekera? cpndesign
  • Score: 1

7:03pm Mon 12 May 14

TFEB says...

When i first saw the article about minority councillors I assumed it was referring to the Labour minority in Hertsmere.
When i first saw the article about minority councillors I assumed it was referring to the Labour minority in Hertsmere. TFEB
  • Score: 3

8:33pm Mon 12 May 14

Diversity-One says...

Wonderful news !! I for one know who I will be voting for on the 22nd May 2014. Best of luck Mr Eni and you most definitely have a supporter in me!!
Wonderful news !! I for one know who I will be voting for on the 22nd May 2014. Best of luck Mr Eni and you most definitely have a supporter in me!! Diversity-One
  • Score: 4

12:10am Tue 13 May 14

jamesd says...

It's not the first time Mr Eni has made foolish and ill informed comments. Apart from the names already mentioned there are other minority candidates in the field this time that have a much better chance of winning than Mr Eni. He really should do his homework before letting his naivity get the better of him!
It's not the first time Mr Eni has made foolish and ill informed comments. Apart from the names already mentioned there are other minority candidates in the field this time that have a much better chance of winning than Mr Eni. He really should do his homework before letting his naivity get the better of him! jamesd
  • Score: -10

8:34am Tue 13 May 14

go victor campaign says...

jamesd wrote:
It's not the first time Mr Eni has made foolish and ill informed comments. Apart from the names already mentioned there are other minority candidates in the field this time that have a much better chance of winning than Mr Eni. He really should do his homework before letting his naivity get the better of him!
Before to slander ones caracter could read the article and try to understand it? And than you will be able to check facts?
[quote][p][bold]jamesd[/bold] wrote: It's not the first time Mr Eni has made foolish and ill informed comments. Apart from the names already mentioned there are other minority candidates in the field this time that have a much better chance of winning than Mr Eni. He really should do his homework before letting his naivity get the better of him![/p][/quote]Before to slander ones caracter could read the article and try to understand it? And than you will be able to check facts? go victor campaign
  • Score: -1

2:00pm Tue 13 May 14

Cynthia, local resident says...

It takes a lot of courage to run as a Councillor and you definitely have the passion for it.

Fresh with your new energy, new ideas and the fact that you are being supported by experienced Councillors, you will do well.
At the end of the day, the interest of the borough comes first and it's future Councillors like yourself who will make a difference.

Good luck Victor !

Cynthia
Local resident
It takes a lot of courage to run as a Councillor and you definitely have the passion for it. Fresh with your new energy, new ideas and the fact that you are being supported by experienced Councillors, you will do well. At the end of the day, the interest of the borough comes first and it's future Councillors like yourself who will make a difference. Good luck Victor ! Cynthia Local resident Cynthia, local resident
  • Score: 6

2:26pm Tue 13 May 14

wellwhoknewthat says...

"only major party in Hertsmere to field ethnic and minority candidates" well, that's a bald faced lie for a start. Is Victor allowed to just make this stuff up?
"only major party in Hertsmere to field ethnic and minority candidates" well, that's a bald faced lie for a start. Is Victor allowed to just make this stuff up? wellwhoknewthat
  • Score: -7

4:21pm Tue 13 May 14

Suzy-Sue says...

Good luck Victor! I used to work with Victor and i know how passionate he is about his cause and dedicated he is to helping residents in his ward.

Don't forget Victor didn't write this article himself, and anyone who has had newpaper articles written, will know that sometimes the article doesn't do total justice to what was said, or things get summarised or quotes get shortened etc.
Good luck Victor! I used to work with Victor and i know how passionate he is about his cause and dedicated he is to helping residents in his ward. Don't forget Victor didn't write this article himself, and anyone who has had newpaper articles written, will know that sometimes the article doesn't do total justice to what was said, or things get summarised or quotes get shortened etc. Suzy-Sue
  • Score: 6

7:45pm Tue 13 May 14

wellwhoknewthat says...

Hold on a sec Suzy, the "only major party in Hertsmere to field ethnic and minority candidates" line is a direct quote from Victor himself, which is patently untrue.
Hold on a sec Suzy, the "only major party in Hertsmere to field ethnic and minority candidates" line is a direct quote from Victor himself, which is patently untrue. wellwhoknewthat
  • Score: -7

7:23am Wed 14 May 14

TFEB says...

He did say the only MAJOR party to field ethnic and minority candidates. There is only one MAJOR party in Hertsmere nearly 9 times the size of all the others put together by number of councillors.
He did say the only MAJOR party to field ethnic and minority candidates. There is only one MAJOR party in Hertsmere nearly 9 times the size of all the others put together by number of councillors. TFEB
  • Score: 5

3:01pm Wed 14 May 14

Unsullied says...

Mr Eni on Facebook has his hometown listed as Arochukwu and his current home as London.

Is this a man who really cares for Boreham Wood?
Mr Eni on Facebook has his hometown listed as Arochukwu and his current home as London. Is this a man who really cares for Boreham Wood? Unsullied
  • Score: -6

3:05pm Wed 14 May 14

Unsullied says...

Cynthia wrote 'At the end of the day, the interest of the borough comes first and it's future Councillors like yourself who will make a difference.'

Mr Eni lists his hometown as Arochukwu and current home as London. Is this a man who really cares about the best interests of Boreham Wood?
Cynthia wrote 'At the end of the day, the interest of the borough comes first and it's future Councillors like yourself who will make a difference.' Mr Eni lists his hometown as Arochukwu and current home as London. Is this a man who really cares about the best interests of Boreham Wood? Unsullied
  • Score: -15

3:40pm Wed 14 May 14

Suzy-Sue says...

Unsullied wrote:
Cynthia wrote 'At the end of the day, the interest of the borough comes first and it's future Councillors like yourself who will make a difference.'

Mr Eni lists his hometown as Arochukwu and current home as London. Is this a man who really cares about the best interests of Boreham Wood?
So what is your point Unsullied regarding Victor's hometown and current home? i am getting unpleasant subtext vibes from your comments!

What do you do to help others in the community?

And yes it is clear that Victor Eni really cares about Borehamwood - you don't become a Councillor for the hell of it, you do it because you have a passion for it as Victor has.
[quote][p][bold]Unsullied[/bold] wrote: Cynthia wrote 'At the end of the day, the interest of the borough comes first and it's future Councillors like yourself who will make a difference.' Mr Eni lists his hometown as Arochukwu and current home as London. Is this a man who really cares about the best interests of Boreham Wood?[/p][/quote]So what is your point Unsullied regarding Victor's hometown and current home? i am getting unpleasant subtext vibes from your comments! What do you do to help others in the community? And yes it is clear that Victor Eni really cares about Borehamwood - you don't become a Councillor for the hell of it, you do it because you have a passion for it as Victor has. Suzy-Sue
  • Score: 13

3:50pm Wed 14 May 14

charleskelly says...

Good luck in the Borough elections on 22 May Victor!
I have known Victor for some time and found him to be a hard working, decent man.
Victor now wants to give back to the community by standing as Borough Councillor for Cowley Hill.
If I know Victor he will work hard as a Councillor and take his duty very seriously.
Good luck in the Borough elections on 22 May Victor! I have known Victor for some time and found him to be a hard working, decent man. Victor now wants to give back to the community by standing as Borough Councillor for Cowley Hill. If I know Victor he will work hard as a Councillor and take his duty very seriously. charleskelly
  • Score: 12

4:02pm Wed 14 May 14

charleskelly says...

People should use their real name when making comments.
People should use their real name when making comments. charleskelly
  • Score: 12

4:31pm Wed 14 May 14

TFEB says...

I think the point about the hometown or current town was that neither was put down as Borehamwood which is not showing a pride in this town.
I think the point about the hometown or current town was that neither was put down as Borehamwood which is not showing a pride in this town. TFEB
  • Score: -8

6:45pm Wed 14 May 14

Diversity-One says...

For the people commenting on Mr Eni's address.
Yes he was born in Arochukwu.. Look it up, you might educate yourselves! And would you prefer Mr Eni list his full home address so he gets unsightly visits by the likes of you! I'm sure you are both fully versed in a little thing called privacy. Even he had listed his current home as Timbuktu, the fact remains that he is standing up and being counted. The question is what are you both doing for your local community?
For the people commenting on Mr Eni's address. Yes he was born in Arochukwu.. Look it up, you might educate yourselves! And would you prefer Mr Eni list his full home address so he gets unsightly visits by the likes of you! I'm sure you are both fully versed in a little thing called privacy. Even he had listed his current home as Timbuktu, the fact remains that he is standing up and being counted. The question is what are you both doing for your local community? Diversity-One
  • Score: 9

7:02pm Wed 14 May 14

go victor campaign says...

Thank you very much for the attention to our candidate and due to popular demand : we have created the following facebook page:
Vote for victor eni hertsmere
We would appreciate all comments unless abusive.
And the candidate would be very happy to meet with any resident of the ward.
Thank you very much for the attention to our candidate and due to popular demand : we have created the following facebook page: Vote for victor eni hertsmere We would appreciate all comments unless abusive. And the candidate would be very happy to meet with any resident of the ward. go victor campaign
  • Score: 13

7:26pm Wed 14 May 14

nicole g says...

Unsullied wrote:
Mr Eni on Facebook has his hometown listed as Arochukwu and his current home as London.

Is this a man who really cares for Boreham Wood?
you can see by his address he does live in Borehamwood and in the article it says he doesn't come from England so Arochukwu is probably were he was born ,what is your point EXACTLY
[quote][p][bold]Unsullied[/bold] wrote: Mr Eni on Facebook has his hometown listed as Arochukwu and his current home as London. Is this a man who really cares for Boreham Wood?[/p][/quote]you can see by his address he does live in Borehamwood and in the article it says he doesn't come from England so Arochukwu is probably were he was born ,what is your point EXACTLY nicole g
  • Score: 10

1:47am Thu 15 May 14

Unsullied says...

TFEB made my point for me.
TFEB made my point for me. Unsullied
  • Score: -7

2:02am Thu 15 May 14

Unsullied says...

Diversityone wrote 'And would you prefer Mr Eni list his full home address so he gets unsightly visits by the likes of you! I'm sure you are both fully versed in a little thing called privacy.'

I already know where Mr Eni lives and it is easy for anyone else to find out the information if they wish. However, I do not like your implication regarding 'unsightly visits by the likes of you'.

If you're the sort of person the Conservatives now align their selves with then in future my vote will go elsewhere.
Diversityone wrote 'And would you prefer Mr Eni list his full home address so he gets unsightly visits by the likes of you! I'm sure you are both fully versed in a little thing called privacy.' I already know where Mr Eni lives and it is easy for anyone else to find out the information if they wish. However, I do not like your implication regarding 'unsightly visits by the likes of you'. If you're the sort of person the Conservatives now align their selves with then in future my vote will go elsewhere. Unsullied
  • Score: -1

2:21am Thu 15 May 14

Unsullied says...

Well done Victor for at least updating your Facebook profile to 'Current City Borehamwood'.

A shame that you and your political fellow travellers didn't have the nouse to do it before I drew your attention to it .
Well done Victor for at least updating your Facebook profile to 'Current City Borehamwood'. A shame that you and your political fellow travellers didn't have the nouse to do it before I drew your attention to it . Unsullied
  • Score: -5

7:51am Thu 15 May 14

Diversity-One says...

Unsullied: With the comments you have been putting up, I'm sure the Conservatives can do without your vote. Instead of basing your comments on political views you are using this platform to vent your petty fustrations which in all honest have nothing to do with the elections on the 22nd May 2014.
Unsullied: With the comments you have been putting up, I'm sure the Conservatives can do without your vote. Instead of basing your comments on political views you are using this platform to vent your petty fustrations which in all honest have nothing to do with the elections on the 22nd May 2014. Diversity-One
  • Score: 9

11:17pm Thu 15 May 14

Daisy A says...

It's amazing how the almighty "Iloveborehamwoodmor
ethanlifeitself" haven't even bother asking what exactly Victor can add to the community but are instead getting off on the fact that you spotted his facebook address first and are aware of how green his lawn is. First, your petty attempts at slander are quite unnecessary, I would think finding out what his vision for the position would be more relevant to fans of Borehamwood like you than what he put on facebook as his location, oh please!!!! Secondly, Facebook has always been more about hooking up with lost friends which in his case would be his lost long Arochukwu friends and family not his "dont seem very friendly"neighbours he gets to see everyday. This ridiculous need for people in the public eye to be impeccably flawless is why people like Saville could get away with living a lie while actually destroying lives.
It's amazing how the almighty "Iloveborehamwoodmor ethanlifeitself" haven't even bother asking what exactly Victor can add to the community but are instead getting off on the fact that you spotted his facebook address first and are aware of how green his lawn is. First, your petty attempts at slander are quite unnecessary, I would think finding out what his vision for the position would be more relevant to fans of Borehamwood like you than what he put on facebook as his location, oh please!!!! Secondly, Facebook has always been more about hooking up with lost friends which in his case would be his lost long Arochukwu friends and family not his "dont seem very friendly"neighbours he gets to see everyday. This ridiculous need for people in the public eye to be impeccably flawless is why people like Saville could get away with living a lie while actually destroying lives. Daisy A
  • Score: 4

11:19pm Thu 15 May 14

Daisy A says...

It's amazing how the almighty "Iloveborehamwoodmor
ethanlifeitself" haven't even bother asking what exactly Victor can add to the community but are instead getting off on the fact that you spotted his facebook address first and are aware of how green his lawn is. First, your petty attempts at slander are quite unnecessary, I would think finding out what his vision for the position would be more relevant to fans of Borehamwood like you than what he put on facebook as his location, oh please!!!! Secondly, Facebook has always been more about hooking up with lost friends which in his case would be his lost long Arochukwu friends and family not his "dont seem very friendly"neighbours he gets to see everyday. This ridiculous need for people in the public eye to be impeccably flawless is why people like Saville could get away with living a lie while actually destroying lives.
It's amazing how the almighty "Iloveborehamwoodmor ethanlifeitself" haven't even bother asking what exactly Victor can add to the community but are instead getting off on the fact that you spotted his facebook address first and are aware of how green his lawn is. First, your petty attempts at slander are quite unnecessary, I would think finding out what his vision for the position would be more relevant to fans of Borehamwood like you than what he put on facebook as his location, oh please!!!! Secondly, Facebook has always been more about hooking up with lost friends which in his case would be his lost long Arochukwu friends and family not his "dont seem very friendly"neighbours he gets to see everyday. This ridiculous need for people in the public eye to be impeccably flawless is why people like Saville could get away with living a lie while actually destroying lives. Daisy A
  • Score: 3

2:46am Fri 16 May 14

Unsullied says...

Dear Daisy, Victor should be the one telling us what he can add to the community as he's the one standing for election, not me. If he did just that it would be far more useful then his playing of the race card.

Dear diversity- one, your comment shows why nationally the conservatives need the odious Clegg to shore up their weak lily livered government.
Dear Daisy, Victor should be the one telling us what he can add to the community as he's the one standing for election, not me. If he did just that it would be far more useful then his playing of the race card. Dear diversity- one, your comment shows why nationally the conservatives need the odious Clegg to shore up their weak lily livered government. Unsullied
  • Score: -5

7:04am Fri 16 May 14

go victor campaign says...

Very good point Daisy!!!
Pls feel free to ask specific questions to our candidate. On the campaign web page:
Vote for Victor Eni Hertsmere
Thank you for all the support shown to our candidate!
Cowley Hil is ready for change indeed!
Very good point Daisy!!! Pls feel free to ask specific questions to our candidate. On the campaign web page: Vote for Victor Eni Hertsmere Thank you for all the support shown to our candidate! Cowley Hil is ready for change indeed! go victor campaign
  • Score: 9

8:12am Fri 16 May 14

martineeni says...

Make up your own opinion!
Victor Eni
will be meeting the residents all week end in the ward,
Saturday mainly in the Leeming Road area; if you would like to meet him you will be able to contact him directly on

victoreni1@gmail.com or

CALL VICTOR on 07884 056 187
Make up your own opinion! Victor Eni will be meeting the residents all week end in the ward, Saturday mainly in the Leeming Road area; if you would like to meet him you will be able to contact him directly on victoreni1@gmail.com or CALL VICTOR on 07884 056 187 martineeni
  • Score: 7

9:02am Fri 16 May 14

charleskelly says...

Less than a week to go before the local and European elections next Thursday 22 May.
Have your say by voting.
Borehamwood is changing and growing because we are successful and people want to live here!
We need more peole like Vicor Eni who has the energy and passion to do something for his community.
Less than a week to go before the local and European elections next Thursday 22 May. Have your say by voting. Borehamwood is changing and growing because we are successful and people want to live here! We need more peole like Vicor Eni who has the energy and passion to do something for his community. charleskelly
  • Score: 10

9:09pm Fri 16 May 14

charleskelly says...

The Conservatives have frozen Council Tax in Hertsmere for the last 4 years. Check your bills.
If you want to maintain a well run council with low tax bills vote conservative
The convervatives are the only party which can deliver.
Conservative Councillors also work extremely hard on your behalf.
The Conservatives have frozen Council Tax in Hertsmere for the last 4 years. Check your bills. If you want to maintain a well run council with low tax bills vote conservative The convervatives are the only party which can deliver. Conservative Councillors also work extremely hard on your behalf. charleskelly
  • Score: 6

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