Achike Udenwa: Tell your Owerri Zone people voting for us Orlu every time that they are ‘mumu’
By Sabi Onyenwe, Owerri
Top leaders in Imo State seem to have endorsed PDP’s Emeka Ihiedioha for governorship in the coming elections. Already, legendry Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the longest serving member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said he has information about every member of the PDP in Imo State as the longest serving member who has never pitched his tent with another political party since coming into the party. He has said: “I can give you the testimonial of every person in PDP, vote for Emeka Ihedioha, he is credible”.
He went on: “He has been selected by PDP, and you have to work with him. Emeka Ihedioha is credible, he is loyal, he is respectful and I can testify for him”.
Speaking in the same manner at official kick off, PDP campaigns for 2019 general elections at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, Ubomiri in Mbaitoli local government area , Achike Udenwa, the former governor of the state, extolled the admirable qualities in Emeka Ihedioha and asked Imo people to go beyond party lines and vote for Emeka Ihedioha, the governorship candidate and all PDP candidates.
While describing the administration of Rochas Okorocha as a very big loss to Imo people, Udenwa who is from Orlu zone just like Okorocha, said particularly to the people of Owerri zone, “We have ruled for 16 years but if you allow us (Orlu zone) to rule for 24 years you are ‘mumu’. Tell your people (Owerri zone) who voted for Orlu that they are selling their future and the future of their children”.
“Ihedioha is good, Ihedioha is credible, Ihedioha is a responsible person. He has given us assurance that things will return to normalcy again and this is the right opportunity both at the state and federal levels”.
And prof Jude Ejike Njoku, former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), a professor of Agricultural Economics who contested the governorship primary with Ihedioha along side others but was not favoured told the cheering crowd to vote for Ihedioha and testified also for Ihedioha’s credibility .
Emeka Maduagwu, former Speaker, Imo House of Assembly, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, affirmed their support. Also, Greg Mbadiwe, former Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and first son of Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe of the blessed memory, testified to the credibility of Ihedioha just as Ebere Udeagu, former Deputy Governor, lent credence to ability and transparency of the PDP candidate, Emeka Ihiedioha, when he becomes the Governor of the state.
Meanwhile, Charles Ezekwem, the PDP Chairman, in the State, introduced Ihedioha as a person who has the credibility, capacity and competence to move Imo State forward again. “Emeka is the best this party has presented to Imo people and his rulership would also bring a good change, the change for good the Imo people desire.”
Ihedioha, who walked briskly to the podium told Imo people that Imo State under his leadership would focus on critical areas such as provision of power in the state , improvements in the education sector, healthcare delivery system, provision of infrastructure, sustainable youth and women development as well as empowerment.
His administration would also ensure the payment of workers salaries and pensions to retired civil servants, training and retraining of teachers, industrial and rural development would also be a priority for his administration.
Ihedioha seized the opportunity of the flag-off the campaigns to tell people to make it a must to vote for Atiku Abubakar the presidential candidate of PDP and his running mate, Peter Obi at the presidential election coming in a few weeks from now.