Ex-Amaechi man now Wike’s GDI patron in Etche

Chief Allwell Onyesoh being confered with patron of GDI Eche


* Chief Allwell Onyesoh says Etche must first unite to push ahead for other things

By Gladys Nweke

A man who stood by former governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for years before decamping to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) few months back has been made the patron of the organization formed by Nyesom Wike, the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI).


The Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI) Etche chapter has now conferred the title of Patron on Chief Allwell Onyesoh.

The ceremony which held in Port Harcourt was witnessed by National Officers of GDI.

Speaking after performing the investiture, the GDI Coordinator of Etche LGA, Mr. Iheanyi Iroegbu, known also as Paparazzi, said the honour was given in recognition of the leading role Chief Onyesoh has played in uplifting the fortunes of Etche ethnic nationality, particularly in the support extended to GDI.

Paparazzi noted that the special moment, saying it was an honour for him to be the one to confer the honour to a leader of international repute. He described the chief as “our friend, leader and brother”.

He went on: “I want to say thank you to you Sir for all your support to GDI and efforts to reposition Etche ethnic nationality through your philanthropic deeds.”

Paparazzi described Chief Onyesoh as a leader who has carved a niche for himself through unparalleled philanthropic gestures regardless of which part of Nigeria the beneficiary hails from.

In his words, “Chief Onyesoh is not one of the richest in Etche land but his philanthropic gestures have placed him on high pedestal and he is never relenting in doing more, especially for the youths.”

In his reaction, Chief Onyesoh expressed gratitude to the GDI for deeming it fit for the honour. In his words, “This would go a long way in spurring me to do more and I promise GDI and the Etche ethnic nationality that I will not disappoint. Time has come for the youths to make bold statements as it concerns issues bedeviling our ethnic nationality.

“To pursue a common interest, we must first unite, reconcile, then reposition ourselves towards making bold and consensus statements for our collective good as a people. We need to shun division of all sorts if we intend to overcome stumbling blocks to our progress. We should at all times stand and speak with one voice. I sincerely appreciate the honour and would continue to support the progress of this group.”